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Oscar Wilde In America

a selected resource of oscar wilde's visits to america

Charleston, SC

The Decorative Arts | Academy of Music | Friday, July 7, 1882



Newspaper Report

The Morning Star (Wilmington, NC), July 8, 1882, 1



Newspaper Article

The News and Courier (Charleston, SC), July 8, 1882, 4*



Oscar Dear, Oscar Dear! The Original of "Bunthorne" Appears in Charleston.

The arrival of the apostle of modern Aestheticism was an event which would have been marked by something of a demonstration, but for the fact that very few people knew at what hour the apostle would reach the city. A few moments after 1 o'clock yesterday an open carriage stopped in front of the ladies' entrance to the Charleston Hotel. From this emerged first a small but good looking American citizen, a little off-color; then a dapper little red whiskered man, and finally two hundred pounds of avoirdupois of aesthetic human flesh and bones done up in a mouse-colored velveteen shooting jacket and salt and pepper small clothes. The head was ornamented with long ambrosial locks of very dark hair, and capped with a broad brim, dim colored slouch hat, something out of the style of Buffalo Bill or Texas Jack. ’That’s him,’ cried Ingliss, the barber, who had come out to see the sight, and there was a rush of the few persons who were loafing about the hotel in the direction of the show, while the store fronts in the immediate vicinity were speedily adorned with idle salesmen and drummers. The door of the ladies' entrance being locked, the 200 pounds of aestheticism posed about on the door steps, grim and dusty, and uncomfortable, but looking all the same like a magnified photograph of Geo. Denham in the role of 'Bunthorne' forcibly to mind ...

* Article also records the venue as Academy of Music.

historical note

Academy Of Music
NW corner of King and Market Streets, Charleston, SC (now 225-227 King Street)

Originally: store building erected after the 1838 fire
New store building: 1852 (architect: Edward C. Jones)

Remodeled as Academy Of Music: 1869 (architect John Henry Devereux)

Opened: December 1, 1869 (John Chadwick)
Purchased: 1875, John E. Owens, actor
Seating: 1200
Demolished: 1937
Replaced: 1939, Riviera Theatre, extant




Charleston Hotel
200 Meeting Street, between Pinckney and Hayne Streets (east side), Charleston, SC

Original building: 1837-38
Destroyed (fire): 1838, one month after opening
Rebuilt: 1838-39 in Greek Revival style (N. F. Potter, James A. Potter and James E. Kelsey)
Opened: 1839
Demolished: 1959-60
Replaced: 1860, by a motel
Now: Bank of America




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