Charles Haslewood Shannon
Shannon was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, the son of the Rev. Frederick William Shannon, Rector of Quarrington (himself the son of a Royal Navy captain, Rodney Shannon and his wife Frances Nash), and Catherine Emma Manthorp, the daughter of a surgeon, Daniel Levett Manthorp (and his wife, Elizabeth Mason).
Schools and training
Shannon attended the City and Guilds of London Art School (then known as South London School of Technical Art, formerly Lambeth School of Art), and was subsequently considerably influenced by his lifetime partner Charles Ricketts and by the example of the great Venetians. In his early work he was addicted to a heavy low tone, which he abandoned subsequently for clearer and more transparent colour. He achieved great success with his portraits and his Giorgionesque figure compositions, which are marked by a classic sense of style, and with his etchings and lithographic designs.
The Dublin Municipal Gallery owns his circular composition The Bunch of Grapes and The Lady with the Green Fan (portrait of Mrs Hacon). His Study in Grey is at the Munich Gallery, a Portrait of Mr Staats Forbes at Bremen, and Souvenir of Van Dyck at Melbourne. One of his most remarkable pictures is The Toilet of Venus in the collection of Lord Northcliffe. Several of his portrait works are on display in the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Complete sets of his lithographs and etchings have been acquired by the British Museum and the Berlin and Dresden print rooms. He was awarded a first-class gold medal at Munich in 1895 and a first-class silver medal in Paris in 1900. He was a member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers.
Shannon became disabled in 1928 after a fall while hanging a picture, and the neurological damage that resulted caused amnesia and ended his career.
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- Darracott (2004)
- Ray, Gordon Norton (1992), The Illustrator and the Book in England from 1790 to 1914, Courier Dover Publications, p. 160, ISBN 0-486-26955-8.
- Shannon, Charles Haslewood, in Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
- "The International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers". Mapping the Practice and Profession of Sculpture in Britain and Ireland 1851-1951. Glasgow University. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
- The Sir Edmund and Lady Davis Presentation: A Gift of British Art to South Africa, South African National Gallery, 1999
- Darracott, Joseph, Shannon, Charles Haslewood (1863–1937), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Derry, Georges (December 1914). "The Lithographs of Charles Hazelwood Shannon (with catalogue)". The Print Collector’s Quarterly 4 (4): 393.
- C H Shannon online (ArtCyclopedia)
- Portraits by Shannon (National Portrait Gallery, London)
- Portraits of Shannon (National Portrait Gallery, London)
- www.artistarchive.com A catalogue of over 130 prints by this artist, many with images.
- Guide to the Carl Woodring collection on Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, 1846-2001 (Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA)