Jacques-Emile Blanche Portraits of Charles Shannon and Charles Ricketts 1904

Artwork details

Artist
Title
Portraits of Charles Shannon and Charles Ricketts
Date 1904
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 921 x 730 mm
frame: 1155 x 965 x 102 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Charles Shannon 1937
Reference
N04907
Not on display

Display caption

The French painter Blanche made portraits of many of the artists and writers associated with the Decadent movement, including Beardsley, Arthur Symons and Charles Conder. Ricketts is shown here on the left, next to his lifelong friend and partner Charles Shannon. Ricketts designed Wilde’s A House of Pomegranates 1891 and The Sphinx 1894. This portrait was painted at Lansdowne House in London where they lived together for many years. Wilde was a frequent visitor, remarking that it was ‘the one house in London where you will never be bored’.

August 2004

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