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Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue

Charles Haslewood Shannon (1863-1937), Painter and lithographer

Printmaker and painter; born 26 April 1863, in Lincolnshire. Studied engraving at City & Guilds Art School, Lambeth where met lifelong companion Charles Ricketts; joint enterprises included The Dial magazine and the Vale Press; exhibited from 1897, portraits and figure subjects in renaissance and fin-de-siècle style respectively; resumed lithography 1904–19; elected ARA 1911, RA 1920; suffered brain damage in fall 1929; died London, 18 March 1937.

Tall in stature and fair in complexion, Shannon had a ‘ruddy boyish face like a countryman’s, with blue eyes and fair lashes’. [1] Temperamentally equable, he was described as having an ‘extreme gentleness of manner’ and being so quiet and reserved that ‘in a large gathering his low voice and modest manner kept him in the background’. [2] According to Oscar Wilde, Shannon was ‘like a marigold’, in contrast to Ricketts, ‘like an orchid’. [3]

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1) Rothenstein 1931–2, vol.1, p.173.
2) Sybil Waller, MSS Memoir; quoted Delaney 1990, p.26. After his fall in 1929 his personality is said to have altered.
3) See Rothenstein 1931–2, vol.1, p.173.

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Athill 1985
Athill, P., ‘The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers’, Burlington Magazine, January 1985, pp.22–9.

Calloway 1979
Calloway, S., Charles Ricketts, Subtle and Fantastic Decorator, London, 1979.

Calloway & Delaney 1979
Calloway, S., and P. Delaney, Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon: An Aesthetic Partnership, exh. cat., Orleans House, Twickenham, 1979.

Coburn 1913
Coburn, A.L., Men of Mark, London and New York, 1913.

Darracott 1979
Darracott, J., All for Art: The Ricketts and Shannon Collection, exh. cat., Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1979.

Darracott 1980
Darracott, J., The World of Charles Ricketts, London, 1980.

Darracott 2004
Darracott, J., ‘Shannon, Charles Haslewood (1863–1937)’, ODNB, Oxford, 2004; online ed., October 2009.

Delaney 1978
Delaney, P., The Lithographs of Charles Shannon, London, 1978.

Delaney 1990
Delaney, J.G.P., Charles Ricketts: A Biography, Oxford, 1990.

Derry 1920
Derry, G., The Lithographs of Charles Shannon, London, 1920.

Dulac 1983
Edmund Dulac: Illustrator and Designer, 1882–1953, exh. cat., Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, City Museum and Art Gallery, Bristol and Geffrye Museum, London: Sheffield, 1983.

[Furst] 1920
TIS [H.E.A. Furst], Charles Shannon ARA, London, 1920.

[George] 1924
E.B.G. [E.B. George], ‘Charles Shannon’ in Contemporary British Artists series, London, 1924.

Goodison 1955
Goodison, J.W., Catalogue of Cambridge Portraits, Cambridge, 1955.

Goodison 1977
Goodison, J.W., Catalogue of Paintings in the Fitzwilliam Museum, vol.3, British School, Cambridge, 1977.

Holmes 1936
Holmes, Sir C.J., Self and Partners (Mostly Self), London, 1936.

Joll 2002
Joll, E., Watercolours and Drawings in Cecil Higgins Art Gallery, Bedford, 2002.

McKeown 2010
McKeown, W.C., ‘Charles Shannon in the House of Delia: A Theme from Tibullus’, Burlington Magazine, May 2010, pp.303–4.

Meatyard 1940
Meatyard, F.R., Original Lithographs by the Late Charles Hazelwood [sic] Shannon, RA, sale cat., London, 1940.

Ricketts 1902
Ricketts, C., A Catalogue of Mr Shannon’s Lithographs, London, 1902.

Ricketts 1939
Ricketts, C., Self-Portrait: Taken from the Letters and Journals of Charles Ricketts R.A., comp. T.S. Moore, ed. C. Lewis, London, 1939.

Rogers 1993
Rogers, M., Master Drawings from the National Portrait Gallery, London, touring exh. cat., NPG, London, 1993.

Rosenblum, Stevens & Dumas 2000
Rosenblum, R., M. Stevens and A. Dumas, 1900: Art at the Crossroads, exh. cat., Guggenheim Museum, New York and Royal Academy, London, 2000.

Rothenstein 1926
Rothenstein, J., The Portrait Drawings of William Rothenstein 1889–1925, London, 1926.

Rothenstein 1898a
Rothenstein, W., English Portraits, London, 1898.

Rothenstein 1931–2
Rothenstein, W., Men and Memories: Recollections of William Rothenstein, 2 vols, London, 1931–2.

Rouen 1997
Jacques-Emile Blanche, peintre, exh. cat., Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rouen, 1997.

Speight 1962
Speight, R., William Rothenstein: The Portrait of an Artist in His Time, London, 1962.

Spielmann 1911
Spielmann, I., comp., Souvenir of the British Section, International Fine Arts Exhibition (Rome), London, 1911.

Sutton 1966
Sutton, D., ‘A Neglected Virtuoso: Charles Ricketts and his Achievement’, Apollo, February 1966, pp.138–47.