- Charles Shannon 1863–1937
- Oil paint on canvas
- Support: 1460 x 978 mm
frame: 1804 x 1316 x 70 mm
- Presented by Francis Howard 1940
On loan to: National Gallery (London, UK)
Exhibition: Jan van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites
N05160 THE BATH OF VENUS 1898–1904
Inscr. ‘C. H. Shannon. 1898–1904.’ b.r.
Canvas, 57 1/2×38 1/2 (146×97·5).
Presented by Francis Howard 1940.
Coll: Viscount and Viscountess Northcliffe, Red Cross Sale, Christie's, 13 April 1918 (894), bt. Sir Jeremiah Colman, Bt.; sold Colman, Red Cross Sale, Christie's, 12 July 1940 (919), bt. Francis Howard.
Exh: Irish Artists, Guildhall, 1904 (13), as ‘The Toilet of Venus’, lent by the artist.
Lit: T. Sturge Moore and Cecil Lewis (ed.), Self-Portrait: taken from the Letters & Journals of Charles Ricketts, R.A., 1939, p.292.
Repr: E. B. G[eorge], Charles Shannon, 1924, pl.8.
The title of this picture was originally ‘The Green Marble Bath’, according to Charles Ricketts in a letter to Thomas Lowinsky, 15 April 1918, published in Moore and Lewis (op. cit.). Three studies for N05160, either pastels or drawings, were exhibited at the Dutch Gallery, 1901 (15, 25 and 41), and three at the Guildhall, 1904 (201, 203 and 206, media not specified).
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, II
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