N03825 PHIL MAY 1902
Inscr. ‘J.J. Shannon’ b.r.
Canvas, 52 1/2×36 1/4 (133·5×92).
Chantrey Purchase from the artist's widow 1923.
Exh: R.A., 1902 (269); Secession, Berlin, 1903 (catalogue not traced); Franco-British, 1908 (154, repr. in souvenir between pp.142 and 143); VI Exposition International De Arte, Barcelona, 1911 (catalogue not traced); Royal Society of Portrait Painters, R.A., November–December 1921 (50, repr. pl.2); R.A., Late Members, winter 1928 (21).
Lit: Kunst für Alle, XVIII, 1903, p.428.
Repr: Art Journal, 1902, p.217; James Thorpe, Phil May, 1932, facing p.64.
For a biography of the sitter see under Phil May (1864–1903). The sitter was a close friend of the Shannon family, living near them in Holland Park Road at Roseley House and accompanying Shannon and his daughter Kitty on their rides in Richmond Park. The portrait was painted a year before the sitter's death.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II