Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931

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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

Biography

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)

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creatorOf Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931. Letters, 1915-1930, England, to Philip D. Sherman. Brown University, John Hay Library
creatorOf C. DRAFTS OF ARTICLES 61724. RICKETTS AND SHANNON AND 'MICHAEL FIELD' TRANSCRIPTS. Vol. XII (ff. 122). Drafts of articles, playscripts, etc., by Ricketts; 1911, n.d. Partly typewritten. Partly French. Supplements Add. 58092, 58093.Drama: Charles de S..., 1911 British Library
creatorOf Artworks by other artists, 1890s-1940s British Library
creatorOf D. JOURNALS OF JOINT TOURS ABROAD, 1899-1911 British Library
creatorOf B. 'POETS AND PAINTERS'61721-61723. RICKETTS AND SHANNON AND 'MICHAEL FIELD' TRANSCRIPTS. Vols. IX-XI. Journal entries by and correspondence between Ricketts and Shannon and 'Michael Field', illustrating their long friendship; 1892-1914. Typewritten,..., 1892-1914 British Library
creatorOf Letters from Charles Ricketts , 1905-1931 British Library
referencedIn Charles Shannon Collection, 1890-1917 University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
referencedIn The Gordon Bottomley Papers, 1773, 1831-1958, nd British Library: Western Manuscripts
referencedIn Eccles Bequest. Vol. CLXXXII. Photographs of the following, with some caricatures; [1869]-1976, n.d.1. Laurence Irving; n.d.2. Proof of a caricature of John Keble by Nicholas Bentley; n.d.3. Matheson Lang as Hamlet; 1909.4. Lillie Langtry; [1929], n...., 1869-1982 British Library
referencedIn Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948. Constable Correspondence, 1918-1929. Temple University Libraries, Paley Library
creatorOf G. B. SHAW PAPERS: SERIES I. Vol. XLI (ff. 200). Correspondence with:1. ff. 1-44v. Ada Rehan and Lady Christine Barrington; 1904, 1905.2. ff. 45-114. Charles Ricketts; 1907-1926, n.d.3. ff. 115-133. J. M. Robertson; 1885-1927.4. ff. 134-176. Corr..., 1885-1949 British Library
creatorOf E. DIARIES OF CHARLES RICKETTSRICKETTS AND SHANNON PAPERS. Vols. XIV-XXV. Diaries of Charles Ricketts; 1900-1918. Including sketches. Twelve volumes. In commercial diaries of various kinds. Some pages or half pages are excised., 1900-1918 British Library
creatorOf Vol. II. (ff. 270). 21 June 1898-18 Dec. 1917.includes:ff. 1, 3 Alice Ellen Terry, GBE; actress: Letters to C. F. Shaw of Alice Ellen Terry: 1898.f. 4 Beatrice Moss Campbell, wife of Sir C H G Campbell: Letters, etc., to C. F. Shaw of Beatrice Mo... British Library
creatorOf Charles Ricketts Collection, 1888-1931 University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
creatorOf Vol. V. (ff. 227). 6 June 1938-29 May 1943, n.d. Including a letter to G. B. Shaw of 14 July 1946.includes:ff. 1-63 passim, 101, 163 Medicine and Surgery: James Stuart Hensman, MRCS; LRCP: Cuthbert Esquire Dukes, OBE; MB, ChB., MD: Raphael Roche, [..., 1938-1946 British Library
creatorOf Vol. VII (ff. 258). 1916-1928.includes:ff. 1, 19, 31, 154-155v, 161-162v, 178, 180, 183-188v, 193, 204-206v, 213, 218, 227-231 Gordon Bottomley, author: Correspondence with C. de S. Ricketts from Gordon Bottomley: 1914-1928: Partly draft.ff. 3, 7, ..., 1916-1928 British Library
creatorOf Vol. CXXI. 1918.Alexander Galt Ross, brother of Robert Baldwin Ross: Lewis and Lewis; solicitors: Letter from Lewis and Lewis to Alexander Galt Ross: 1918.Robert Baldwin Ross, literary executor of Oscar Wilde: H. Clifford Smith, of Campden Hill Squar..., 1918 British Library
referencedIn Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948. Autograph letter signed : the Sheiling, Silverdale, Carnforth, to Sir Syndey Cockerell, 1939 Nov. 26. Pierpont Morgan Library.
referencedIn MISCELLANE0US LETTERS AND PAPERS, viz.:-A. Letter, written at about the age of six, by Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill, K.G., O.M., to his mother, Lady Randolph Churchill; circ. 1880. f. 1. Presented by Sir Shane Leslie, Bart. B. Musical compo..., 13th century-20th century British Library
referencedIn Papers relating to Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon , 1892-1943 British Library
referencedIn Eccles Bequest. Vol. CLX. Framed front cover for 'The Sphinx' by C. Ricketts; 1893.Charles de Sousy Ricketts, alias 'Jean Paul Raymond'; RA: Front cover for Oscar Wilde's 'The Sphinx'. Framed: 1893., 1893 British Library
creatorOf B. J. Simmons & Co. B. J. Simmons & Co. Costume Design Records, 1878-1969 (bulk 1900-1960). Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
referencedIn Fonds Edward Gordon Craig Bibliothèque nationale de France. Département des arts du spectacle
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton Library, , Harvard College Library, Harvard University
referencedIn Eccles Bequest. Vol. CLIX. . Newspaper articles, reviews and other promotional material relating to the following; 1893-1997, n.d. Mostly printed.1. Terry Eagleton; 1997.2. Edward Godwin; 1945, n.d.3. Charles. W. Furse; n.d.4. Ford Madox Ford; 1939.5..., 1893-1997 British Library
creatorOf Papers of Lady Mary Davis, 1904-1935 British Library
creatorOf RICKETTS AND SHANNON PAPERS. Vol. VIII (ff. 155). 1. ff. 1-85. 'Roses of Shadow', including sections headed 'The Seer of Visions', 'The Mother of Sorrows' and 'Postscript'. Three drafts, ff. 1-6 (very imperfect), 7-44, 45-85. 2. ff. 86-88. 'Séance in... British Library
creatorOf A. 'SELF PORTRAIT' 61713-61720. RICKETTS AND SHANNON AND 'MICHAEL FIELD' TRANSCRIPTS. Vols. I-VIII. Correspondence and journal entries, mainly by Ricketts himself but including copies of letters addressed to him and extracts from Shannon's journals; ..., 1887-1931 British Library
creatorOf Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931,. [The dynasts] [graphic] / CR [monogram]. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf COCKERELL PAPERS. Vol. CXXIV (ff. 171). Ricketts, Charles S.includes:ff. 1-171 Charles de Sousy Ricketts, alias 'Jean Paul Raymond'; RA: Correspondence with S. C. Cockerell: 1893-1932.ff. 3, 33 Charles de Sousy Ricketts, alias 'Jean Paul Raymond'... British Library
creatorOf RICKETTS AND SHANNON PAPERS. Vol. I (ff. 158). Correspondence between Ricketts and Shannon; 1900-1931. Followed (ff. 129-138) by the printed Catalogue des Dessins et Aquarelles par Hok'saï & Hokkeï formant la Collection de MM. Charles Ricketts & Shan..., 1900-1931 British Library
referencedIn Robert Baldwin Ross Collection, 1888-1951 University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
referencedIn Horne, Herbert P. (Herbert Percy), 1864-1916. Letters from Charles Shannon, 1888-1894. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Vol. VI (ff. 194). 1887-1915.includes:ff. 1-2v Puvis de Chavannes, French painter: Letters to C. de S. Ricketts and C. H. Shannon from Puvis de Chavannes: 1887, 1888: Fr.ff. 3, 14 William Morris, poet and artist: Letters to C. H. Shannon from Wil..., 1887-1915 British Library
creatorOf Charles Ricketts's pen British Library
referencedIn Eccles Bequest. Vol. CLVII. Book reviews of works by or relating to Wilde, with other miscellaneous advertising material. Mostly printed.Harford Montgomery Hyde, historian and politician: Review of Hyde's 'Oscar Wilde: A Bibliography': 1975-1976, n.d... British Library
creatorOf Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970. Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1970. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Eccles Bequest. Vol. XCIX. Correspondence of Robert Baldwin Ross with the following; 1893-1917, n.d. Partly typewritten.1. Charles de Sousy Ricketts; 1893-1917, n.d.2. Dugald Sutherland MacColl; 1898-1917.3. Sir William Rothenstein; 1899-1909, n.d.4...., 1893-1917 British Library
creatorOf Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931. Cobden-Sanderson scrapbook, 1906-1923. UC Berkeley Libraries
creatorOf Vol. CXXIII. 1924-1933.A. S. Hope, friend of Alexander Galt Ross: Letters to A. G. Ross: 1924-1926.Sidney Fenold, of the Savile Club: Letter to A. G. Ross: 1926.E. O. Pope, secretary, United University Club: Letter to A. G. Ross: 1924.Margaret Storm ..., 1924-1933 British Library
creatorOf Vol. CXVIII. 1910-1911.Charles de Sousy Ricketts, alias 'Jean Paul Raymond'; RA: Augusta Gabrielle Eden Enthoven, OBE: Letters to Augusta Gabrielle Eden Enthoven from Charles de Sousy Ricketts: 1910.Sibyl Colefax, née Halsey; wife of Sir A Colefax, K..., 1910-1911 British Library
creatorOf Vol. CXX. 1914-1917.Robert Baldwin Ross, literary executor of Oscar Wilde: Major Sir Matthew Nathan, GCMG; RE: Correspondence of Robert Baldwin Ross and Maj. Sir Matthew Nathan: 1914.Henry Taylor Lamb, painter: Robert Baldwin Ross, literary executor ..., 1914-1917 British Library
creatorOf Vol. III. (ff. 230). 9 Feb. 1918-23 Dec. 1931, n.d.; with enclosures dated 1914-1917.includes:ff. 1-4 Carlos Paton Blacker, MRCP; General Secretary, Eugenics Society: Letters, etc., to C. F. Shaw of Carlos Paton Blacker: 1917-1919?.f. 4 Henry [Si..., 1914-1931 British Library
referencedIn Stone, Melicent. Scrapbook, 1865-1921. American Primers
referencedIn Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888. Literary papers, 1722-1963. Rutgers University
referencedIn Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Collection, 1884-1931. Rutgers University
creatorOf Vol. CXXIX. n.d.Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree, actor-manager: Robert Baldwin Ross, literary executor of Oscar Wilde: Letters to Robert Baldwin Ross from Sir Herbert Beerbohm Tree: 1911-1918, n.d.: Partly typewritten.Sir Max Beerbohm, author and cartoonis... British Library
creatorOf Vol. CXVII. 1906-1909.Charles de Sousy Ricketts, alias 'Jean Paul Raymond'; RA: Thomas Robert Way, artist and printmaker: Letters to Thomas Robert Way from Charles de Sousy Ricketts: [1906]-1907.Robert Baldwin Ross, literary executor of Oscar Wilde: ..., 1906-1909 British Library
creatorOf RICKETTS AND SHANNON PAPERS. Vol. IX (ff. 193). 1. ff. 1-63v. 'The Transit of the Gods'. Four drafts, ff. 1-18, 19-31, 32-47, 48-63v. The last two subscribed 'Paul Raymond' (ff. 47, 63). Folio 47 is also dated Rome 1929. 2. ff. 64-66. 'Cleopatra'. Sy..., 1929-1930 British Library
referencedIn Shannon, Charles Hazelwood, 1863-1937. C.H. Shannon letter and drawing, 1897. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Inventory of The Legion Papers: Rare MSS 00149 ., 1927-1935 Cushing Memorial Library,
referencedIn Carl Woodring collection on Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, 1846-2001 (bulk 1890-1986). Rice University, Fondren Library
creatorOf RICKETTS AND SHANNON PAPERS. Correspondence and papers of Charles de Sousy Ricketts, R.A. (b.1866, d.1931) and Charles Haslewood Shannon, R.A. (b.1863, d.1937), artists and connoisseurs; 1887-1934, n.d. Add. 61713-61724 are typewritten transcripts co..., 1887-1934 British Library
referencedIn Vol. XXX (ff. i+262). Miscellanea, 1890-1912, n.d.Katherine Harris Bradley, alias (with Miss E E Cooper) 'Michael Field': 'Works and Days' (journals) by, as 'Michael Field': 1868-1914.includes:ff. 5-9, 46-48, 51, 200 Amy Katharine Mary Ryan, d 1910..., 1890-1912 British Library
referencedIn Rare Book & Manuscript Library General Manuscript Collection, 1789-2013 Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Eccles Bequest. Vol. LXV. Poems and miscellaneous writings of the following; 1908-1950, n.d. Mostly autograph.1. Robert Nichols; 1908, 1913. 'From a Sea Cycle'. In two sections. One forms the part of a letter to Robert Baldwin Ross and concludes 'see..., 1908-1950 British Library
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Manuscripts and Miscellaneous Materials, 1854-1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
creatorOf Papers of Charles Ricketts, 1904-1929 British Library
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library.
referencedIn Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903. Autograph letters signed (5) and a telegram : Paris, to William Heinemann, 1893-1899 and [n.d.]. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Vol. CXXII. 1919-1923.Carlos Blacker, father of C P Blacker: Alexander Galt Ross, brother of Robert Baldwin Ross: Letters to Alexander Galt Ross from Carlos Blacker: 1918-1922.Sybil Montgomery Douglas, mother of Lord Alfred Douglas; 1st wife of John ..., 1919-1923 British Library
referencedIn McCarthy, Lillah, 1875-1960. Scrapbooks of Lillah McCarthy, 1895-1938 (inclusive). Harvard University, Houghton Library
referencedIn Eccles Bequest. Vol. CLXI. Backings from the original frame for the drawing for the 'The Sphinx' by C. Ricketts; [1893].Charles de Sousy Ricketts, alias 'Jean Paul Raymond'; RA: Backings from the original frame that housed the front cover for 'The Sp..., 1893 British Library
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associatedWith Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970. person
associatedWith B. J. Simmons & Co. corporateBody
associatedWith Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948. person
associatedWith Columbia University. Rare Book & Manuscript Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Craig, Edward Gordon (1872-1966) person
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associatedWith Hardy, Thomas, 1840-1928. person
associatedWith Horne, Herbert P. (Herbert Percy), 1864-1916. person
associatedWith McCarthy, Lila Emma, 1875-1960 person
associatedWith McCarthy, Lillah, 1875-1960. person
associatedWith Minchin, Humphrey Cotton person
correspondedWith Ross, Robert Baldwin 1869-1918 person
correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
associatedWith Shannon, Charles Hazelwood, 1863-1937. person
correspondedWith Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. person
associatedWith Sherman, Philip D. (Philip Darrell), 1881-1957, person
associatedWith Sperisen, Albert, 1908-1999 person
associatedWith Stone, Melicent. person
associatedWith Symonds, John Addington, 1840-1893. person
associatedWith Vale Press. corporateBody
associatedWith Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903. person
associatedWith Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900 person
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