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Charles de Sousy Ricketts (1866-1931), Painter, designer and art collector

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Sitter in 8 portraits
Born in Geneva, Switzerland, to an English father and French mother, Ricketts was considered too delicate for school. Instead, from an early age, he unstintingly pursued a compulsion to live for art. An early manifestation of his refined and eclectic aesthetic was the art periodical, The Dial (1889-97), produced with Shannon. Consisting of poetry, prose and illustrations in a blend of English Pre-Raphaelitism and French Symbolism, it is a key document of the Aesthetic Movement. On reading the first edition, Oscar Wilde remarked 'Do not bring out a second number, all perfect things should be unique'.

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts

by Charles Haslewood Shannon
oil on canvas, 1898
On display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 3106

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Charles Haslewood Shannon; Charles de Sousy Ricketts

by George Charles Beresford
half-plate glass negative, 13 October 1903
NPG x6624

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, 13 October 1903
NPG x12803

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts

by George Charles Beresford
sepia-toned platinotype print, 13 October 1903
NPG x12804

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Charles Haslewood Shannon; Charles de Sousy Ricketts

by George Charles Beresford
modern print from original negative, 13 October 1903
NPG x32790

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts; Charles Haslewood Shannon

by Sir William Rothenstein
lithograph, 1897
NPG D42655