Oscar Wilde in San Francisco

I’m working on a section of my book-in-progress today, which is a history of Latin American-descent populations in San Francisco and I just came across an account of Oscar Wilde’s 1882 visit to the city.

He stepped off his train on March 26, 1882, wearing “a Spanish sombrero, velvet suit, puce cravat, yellow gloves, and buckled shoes.”

I am rather confident this was not the last time this outfit made a public appearance in the city.

This image–from the March 31, 1882 issue of Wasp–suggests how some in this bohemian paradise saw the figure of Wilde, in all its gloriousness.  You can learn a bit more about his visit here.


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