Oscar Wilde In America

DETAiled verification of Oscar Wilde’s lecture tour of North America



Academy Of Music

Thursday, January 26, 1882

The English Renaissance


Newspaper report 1

The New-York Herald, Jan 27, 1882 (opposite)

Newspaper report 2

The Baltimore Sun, Jan 27, 1882

Mr. Oscar Wilde delivered his lecture on "The English Renaissance" at the Academy of Music last night. About 800 persons were in the audience. Considering the weather there was quite a large turn out of ladies. Altogether the audience was a fair representation of the beauty and culture of the city.


Academy of Music

516 North Howard Street, Baltimore, MD

Organized: 1870

Opened: January 5, 1875

Architect: J. Crawford Neilson

Demolished: late 1920s

Related and credits:

Bayles/Yeager Online Archive of the Performing Arts



Mount Vernon Hotel *

702 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD

Built: 1847

Built as: the mansion home of U.S. Congressman William Julian Albert (1816–1879)

Converted into a hotel: 1867

Building extant

In its time the structure has been a house of worship (1924), and office space. The exterior has undergone changes but the interior was restored in 1997 including a centerpiece domed skylight of hand-painted Italian glass.

* Not the hotel of the same name currently on West Franklin Street, which was built in 1907.

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