Charles de Sousy Ricketts

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Charles de Sousy Ricketts, by Charles Haslewood Shannon, 1899 - NPG 2631 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Charles de Sousy Ricketts

by Charles Haslewood Shannon
chalk, 1899
11 3/4 in. x 7 3/4 in. (298 mm x 197 mm)
Purchased, 1933
Primary Collection
NPG 2631


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This sensitive drawing was made shortly after the critical success of the oil portrait of Ricketts. Shannon noted in his diary that it was a study for a double portrait of the pair. The introspective feel of the drawing is at odds with descriptions of Ricketts's restless and eloquent manner but perhaps hints at the loneliness and pessimism that some detected beneath his charismatic exterior. During this period, he was researching his book, The Prado (1903) and later wrote an evocative account of the pair's artistic hero, Titian (1910).

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  • Rogers, Malcolm, Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, 1993 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 5 August to 23 October 1994), p. 143
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 523

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