- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 921 x 730 mm
frame: 1155 x 965 x 102 mm
- Bequeathed by Charles Shannon 1937
Jacques-Emile Blanche 1861-1942
N04907 Portraits of Charles Shannon and Ricketts 1904
Inscribed 'to Ricketts | & Ch. Shannon | J.E. Blanche 1904' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 3/4 (92 x 73)
Bequeathed by Charles Shannon 1937
Exh: New English Art Club, London, November-December 1904 (116); International Society, Cartwright Memorial Hall, Bradford, October-December 1905 (43); Salon de la Société Nationale, Paris, May-July 1906 (123); Inaugural London Exhibition, National Portrait Society, London, January-February 1911 (44); X Esposizione Internazionale d'Arte della Città di Venezia, Venice, April-October 1912 (Blanche 8, repr. pl.8); RSA, Edinburgh, May-September 1914 (397), lent by Charles Shannon; on loan to the Tate Gallery 1936-7
Lit: Cecil Lewis (ed.), Self-Portrait taken from the Letters and Journals of Charles Ricketts, R.A. (London 1939), p.109
Repr: Kunst für Alle, XXIX, 1913, p.126; Jacques-Emile Blanche, Portraits of a Lifetime (London 1937), facing p.144
Ricketts, with a beard, is on the left. Charles Ricketts (1866-1931), painter, illustrator, designer, sculptor and writer on art, and his lifelong friend Charles Shannon (1863-1937), painter and illustrator. They lived together for many years until Ricketts's death in 1931 and, despite limited means, built up a fine collection of drawings, pictures and other objets d'art, most of which is now in the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
The portrait was painted in their house in London, Lansdowne House, Lansdowne Road, W.11. Ricketts noted in his journal under 11 July 1904: 'Blanche to paint us. The likenesses are striking and the heads well constructed'.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.56-7, reproduced p.56