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Charles de Sousy Ricketts

17 of 23 portraits on display in Room 28 at the National Portrait Gallery

Charles de Sousy Ricketts, by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1898 - NPG 3106 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts

by Charles Haslewood Shannon
oil on canvas, 1898
38 1/4 in. x 39 5/8 in. (972 mm x 1006 mm)
Given by The Art Fund, 1942
Primary Collection
NPG 3106


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Charles Ricketts was an artist, illustrator, theatre designer, author and printer; but he is perhaps best remembered now for his friendship with his fellow artist Charles Shannon. According to William Rothenstein, 'Ricketts, with his pale, delicate features, fair hair and pointed red-gold beard, looked like a Clouet drawing. Half French, he had the quick mind and the rapid speech of a southerner.' This portrait of Ricketts by Shannon was painted two years after Ricketts had founded the Vale Press. It is a record of their friendship, slightly tentative in its character, with Ricketts turning his head away so that he is seen in profile. He liked it precisely for this reason since it shows him 'turning away from the 20th century to think only of the 15th.' It is labelled on the back 'The Man in an Inverness Cloak'.

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  • NPG 3107: Charles Haslewood Shannon (companion portrait)

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