A piece of literary history is for sale in southwest London – Oscar Wilde penned his iconic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray at this two-bedroom apartment, now listed for £1.6m.

The playwright spent 10 years in the Tite Street house, moving in with his wife, children’s author Constance Lloyd in 1885 when it was still a newly built home.

As well as welcoming a parade of well-known guests, including Sarah Bernhardt and Henry Irving, the London property was the backdrop to Wilde’s writing career. Here he completed his first novel plus several of his best-loved plays, including The Importance of Being Earnest.

The building was divided into apartments some years ago, with the two-bedroom ground floor flat now for sale. And while the eccentric decorative choices of Lloyd and Wilde are long gone, a blue plaque pays testament to his presence.

It features an open-plan kitchen dining room set inside a glass-encased extension that opens straight onto the garden patio, while two bedrooms are situated upstairs. It’s listed with Hamptons International.

Tite Street house where Oscar Wilde lived with wife Constance Lloyd is for sale
Via Hamptons International
Tite Street house where Oscar Wilde lived with wife Constance Lloyd is for sale
Via Hamptons International
Tite Street house where Oscar Wilde lived with wife Constance Lloyd is for sale
Via Hamptons International

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