Saturday Scenes

Wed 7 April 2010

The Value of Art

Filed under: #satscene —— Sylvia @ 21:10

On the 3rd of April in 1895, the famous trial against the Marquess of Queensbury began. Queensbury had left a calling card for “Oscar Wilde, posing Somdomite” and Oscar Wilde accused Queensbury of libel. As a result of the trial, salacious details of Wilde’s private life were scrutinised.

The defence held suggestive letters that Wilde had written to his lover. Wilde described how a man had attempted to extort money from him for one of these love letters.

Testimony of Oscar Wilde on Direct Examination (April 3,1895)

He said, “A very curious construction can be put on that letter.”

I said in reply, “Art is rarely intelligible to the criminal classes.”

He said, “A man offered me £60 for it.”

I said to him, “If you take my advice you will go to that man and sell my letter to him for £60. I myself have never received so large a sum for any prose work of that length; but I am glad to find that there is some one in England who considers a letter of mine worth £60.”

On the 3rd of April in 2010, these wonderful photographs document scenes from Saturday all over the world. Perhaps one day, these documents will be worth £60 in the right hands?

These are the 21st century equivalent of calling cards for our fine submitters:

Shouldn’t you save a photograph of your day-to-day life for posterity? It’s easy!

  1. Take a photograph on a Saturday
  2. Upload the photograph
  3. Send a tweet to @SatScenes with the url
  4. Leave URL for future descendants to find

I’m looking forward to seeing your photograph in the next edition!

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