Gilbert and Sullivan’s Patience was a very successful operetta that opened in 1881, satirizing the aesthetic movement, especially its love of flowers. Aspects of Oscar Wilde were mocked in the characters of Bunthorne and Grosvenor. At one point Bunthorne grabs a stem of white lilies, holds them up and serenades them with the words, “with a poppy or a lily in your medieval hand.” These are vintage advertising trade cards from that era.
The original facade of the Savoy Theatre, built by Richard D’Oyly Carte and opened on 10 October 1881. The type of comic operas played there (Gilbert and Sullivan especially) became soon known as Savoy Operas.