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Charles de Sousy Ricketts

(1866-1931), Painter, designer and art collector

Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue Entry

Sitter in 9 portraits
Painter, printer, designer, writer and collector. Born in Geneva, Switzerland, to an English father and French mother. From an early age he unstintingly pursued a compulsion to live for art. In 1882 he met Charles Shannon with whom he lived for the remainder of his life. Edited and published 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'. Ricketts was a witty and ascerbic conversationalist and a formidable connoisseur who, with Shannon, formed an important collection of works of art.

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts, by Charles Haslewood Shannon - NPG 3106

Charles de Sousy Ricketts

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

Charles Haslewood Shannon; Charles de Sousy Ricketts, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x6624

Charles Haslewood Shannon; Charles de Sousy Ricketts

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

Charles de Sousy Ricketts, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x12803

Charles de Sousy Ricketts

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

Charles de Sousy Ricketts, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x12804

Charles de Sousy Ricketts

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

Charles Haslewood Shannon; Charles de Sousy Ricketts, by George Charles Beresford - NPG x32790

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 Haslewood Shannon; Charles de Sousy Ricketts

by George Charles Beresford
Modern print from half-plate glass negative, 2017 (13 October 1903)
On display at Sissinghurst Castle, Kent
NPG x6624MP

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