Charles Shannon

Mrs Patrick Campbell

1907

Medium
Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions
Support: 1226 x 1086 mm
frame: 1543 x 1410 x 81 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Presented by Francis Howard through the National Loan Exhibitions Committee 1914
Reference
N02995

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Shannon painted this for an 'Exhibition of Fair Women', an annual show organised in London by the International Society of Painters. His sitter 'Mrs Pat' was well known as an actress. She was a friend of Shannon, and was then also working with his companion Charles Ricketts, who designed a production of 'Elektra' for her.

Shannon revived the style of the Venetian high renaissance painters such as Titian, here with the rich colouring of the glazes, the movement of the pose, and the costume with the low fronted blouse.

Gallery label, August 2004

Catalogue entry

N02995 MRS PATRICK CAMPBELL 1907

Inscr. ‘Charles Shannon 1907.’ b.r.
Canvas, 48 1/4×42 3/4 (123×109).
Presented by Francis Howard through the National Loan Exhibitions Committee 1914.
Coll: Purchased by Francis Howard from the artist.
Exh: Fair Women, International Society, February–March 1908 (287), as ‘Mrs Patrick Campbell in blue Dress’; Anglo-American, Shepherd's Bush, 1914 (catalogue untraced); International Society, autumn 1914 (among works purchased for presentation to the Tate).
Lit: E. B. G[eorge], Charles Shannon, 1924, pp.18, 19, 22, repr. pl.15.

Beatrice Stella Campbell (1865–1940), better known as Mrs Patrick Campbell, the actress, was born in Kensington, London, the youngest daughter of John Tanner and Maria Luigia Giovanna Romanini. At the age of nineteen she eloped to marry Patrick Campbell, and made her first professional stage appearance at the Alexander Theatre, Liverpool, in October 1888. She made her name as Paula Tanqueray in Pinero's The Second Mrs Tanqueray at the St James's Theatre, May 1893, and established herself in romantic passionate roles. Her last great success in a new part came in April 1914, when she acted Eliza Doolittle, the heroine of Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. She died at Pau in 1940.

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