Artist biography

Charles SHANNON 1863–1937

Painter of figure subjects and portraits, illustrator and connoisseur. Born 26 April 1863 at Quarrington, Lincolnshire. Studied wood engraving at the Lambeth School of Art 1882, where he met Charles Ricketts, his lifelong companion and collaborator in the Vale Press 1889–1904 and The Dial. Exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery 1885–99, the International Society (of which he later became Vice-President) 1898–1919, the N.E.A.C. 1897–1900, and the R.A. 1912–28 (A.R.A. 1911, R.A. 1920); member of the National Society of Portrait Painters, and associate of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Paris. First one-man exhibition at the Leicester Galleries 1907. Incapacitated after a fall from a ladder in 1929. Died at Kew, near London, 18 March 1937. The greater part of the art collection he and Ricketts had formed was left to the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II