Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931

Alternative names
Birth 1866-10-02
Death 1931-10-07

Biographical notes:

Ricketts designed this poster for Harley Granville-Barker's adaption of Hardy's play at the Kingsway Theatre in London (25 November 1914 - 7 January 1915). This is one of fifty proofs before lettering which were sold at the theatre; proceeds from the sale went to benefit the Soldier's Cigarette Fund.

From the description of [The dynasts] [graphic] / CR [monogram]. [1914] (Boston Athenaeum). WorldCat record id: 47248729

Epithet: artist and art collector; alias Jean Paul Raymond

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000496.0x000169


Charles de Sousy Ricketts was born on October 2, 1866 in Geneva, Switzerland. In 1882, at the age of sixteen, he met his lifelong partner, artist and lithographer, Charles Haslewood Shannon.

The two lived in London, where together they founded an occasional art journal, The Dial (1889-1897) and designed and illustrated books, including Daphnis and Chloe (1893) and Hero and Leander (1894). During this period Ricketts also worked for commercial publishers designing books, including an edition of Oscar Wilde's The Sphinx (1895).

In partnership with wealthy lawyer William Llewellyn Hacon, Ricketts and Shannon ran their own imprint, called the Vale Press, from 1896-1904. The Vale Press published over eighty volumes.

After the Vale Press closed, Ricketts focused his energies on painting, sculpture and theater design. He was also a great connoisseur of art and, with Shannon, developed an extensive personal collection of drawings, paintings, prints and antiquities. This connoisseurship led to a position as the acting art adviser to the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa from 1924-1931.

In 1929, Shannon's brain was damaged in a fall and parts of their art collection had to be sold to pay for Shannon's care. The financial and emotional strain of Shannon's condition contributed to Rickett's death on October 7, 1931 at his home in London.

From the guide to the Charles Ricketts Collection, 1888-1931, (University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)


Loading Relationships


Ark ID:


not available for this record


  • Artists


  • Hoxne, Suffolk (as recorded)