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Charles Haslewood Shannon

(1863-1937), Painter and lithographer

Sitter in 12 portraits
Artist of 11 portraits
Born in Quarrington, Lincolnshire to a country rector, Shannon had a more conventional upbringing than his lifelong partner Charles de Sousy Ricketts and his personality was more reserved. Oscar Wilde likened him to a marigold to Ricketts's orchid. Inspired by a meeting with the French artist Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes in 1887, Shannon retired from the world to perfect his abilities as a painter while Ricketts provided an income through work as an illustrator. After a decade studying Old Masters such as Titian, the policy came to fruition when he won a gold medal at the Annual Exhibition of Fine Arts, Munich in 1897.

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Henry Wickham Steed, by Charles Haslewood Shannon - NPG 5745

Henry Wickham Steed

by Charles Haslewood Shannon
oil on canvas, 1920
NPG 5745

Alphonse Legros, by Charles Haslewood Shannon - NPG D37263

Alphonse Legros

by Charles Haslewood Shannon
lithograph, 1896
NPG D37263

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