Shannon, Charles Hazelwood, 1863-1937

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Charles Hazelwood Shannon was an English painter and lithographer. He met his partner, Charle Ricketts, at London's City and Guilds Technical Art School, where he studied wood engraving. In addition to contributing to their shared projects, including printing, Shannon worked in lithography, woodcutting, and painting. His greatest influences were the Old Masters; although he was aware of contemporary art movements, he preferred to work with classical style and themes.

From the description of C.H. Shannon letter and drawing, 1897. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 57759805

Charles Hazelwood Shannon, British lithographer and painter, worked in close collaboration with Charles Ricketts. One of Shannon's best-known oil paintings is the portrait of the writer Mary Frances Borthwick Dowdall, wife of Harold Chaloner Dowdall, judge and mayor of Liverpool.

From the description of Correspondence of Charles Hazelwood Shannon, 1863-1937. (Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens). WorldCat record id: 122443627

Epithet: lithographer and painter

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Biography

Charles Haslewood Shannon was born on April 26, 1863 in Quarrington, Lincolnshire, England. He studied wood engraving at the Lambeth Art School from 1881-1885. It was in this period he met his lifelong partner, artist and printer, Charles de Sousy Ricketts.

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). 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.

In this period Shannon also developed his skills as a painter and lithographer. Today, his paintings can be found in museum collections around the world, including the Musee d'Orsay and the Tate. His body of lithographic work contains more than 100 works and is considered a major British contribution to printmaking.

In 1929, Shannon fell while hanging a picture in the home he shared with Ricketts and suffered brain damage from which he never recovered. He died in London on March 18, 1937.

From the guide to the Charles Shannon Collection, 1890-1917, (University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library)

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Role Title Holding Repository
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 Papers of Lady Mary Davis, 1904-1935 British Library
creatorOf Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970. Martin Birnbaum papers, 1862-1970. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Vol. CXIX. 1912-1913.Robert Baldwin Ross, literary executor of Oscar Wilde: Lilias Margaret Frances Bathurst, wife of Seymour, 7th Earl Bathurst: Letter, etc., to Robert Baldwin Ross from Lilias Margaret Frances Bathurst: 1912: Signed.T. Werner Lauri..., 1912-1913 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 Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948. Constable Correspondence, 1918-1929. Temple University Libraries, Paley 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
referencedIn Shannon, Charles Haslewood, 1865-1938 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Vol. CXV. 1896-1901.Percy Sholto Douglas, 10th Marquess of Queensberry; brother of Lord Alfred Douglas: Very Reverend Archibald Edward Douglas, brother of John, 9th Marquess of Queensberry: Letters to Percy Sholto Douglas from Very Rev. Archibald Edw..., 1896-1901 British Library
referencedIn Eccles Bequest. Vol. CLXXXIX, B. Lithographic portraits of Aubrey Beardsley, Charles Shannon and William Rothenstein, possibly proofs for Liber Juniorum; 1897-1898.Aubrey Beardsley, draughtsman and writer: Sir William Rothenstein, Principal, Royal Co..., 1897-1898 British Library
referencedIn Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. [Fragment of a draft of a reply to the critics of "A house of pomegranates"]. University of California, Los Angeles
creatorOf D. JOURNALS OF JOINT TOURS ABROAD, 1899-1911 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
referencedIn Charles Ricketts Collection, 1888-1931 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial 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
creatorOf Eccles Bequest. Vol. C. Correspondence of Robert Baldwin Ross with the following; 1901-1917, n.d. Partly typewritten.1. Charles H. Shannon; 1901-1917, n.d.2. Sir William Blake Richmond; 1902-1911, n.d.3. John Singer Sargent; 1903-1916, n.d.4. George ..., 1901-1917 British Library
referencedIn Carl Woodring collection on Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon MS 513., 1846-2001 Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA
referencedIn Sir William Rothenstein correspondence and other papers, 1887-1957. Houghton 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.
referencedIn Robert Baldwin Ross Collection, 1888-1951 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
referencedIn Papers relating to Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon , 1892-1943 British Library
referencedIn Carl Woodring collection on Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon, 1846-2001 (bulk 1890-1986). Rice University, Fondren Library
creatorOf Shannon, Charles Hazelwood, 1863-1937. Correspondence of Charles Hazelwood Shannon, 1863-1937. Huntington Library, Art Collections & Botanical Gardens
referencedIn The Gordon Bottomley Papers, 1773, 1831-1958, nd British Library: Western Manuscripts
creatorOf F. DIARIES OF CHARLES SHANNONRICKETTS AND SHANNON PAPERS. Vols. XXVI-XXXIV. Diaries of Charles Shannon; 1898-1906. Including sketches. Nine volumes. In commercial diaries of various kinds., 1898-1906 British Library
creatorOf Eccles Bequest. Vol. CV. Miscellaneous correspondence; 1883-1915, n.d. Partly typewritten.1. Sir Percy Sholto Douglas, 10th Marquess of Queensberry and Sir John Sholto Douglas, 9th Marquess Queensberry; 1883-1885, n.d.2. Robert H. Sherard and Willia..., 1883-1919 British Library
creatorOf Charles Shannon Collection, 1890-1917 University of California, Los Angeles. Library. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
referencedIn Oscar Wilde and his Literary Circle Collection: Correspondence, 1819, 1849-1957, 1962 William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA
creatorOf Correspondence with Charles Shannon, 1904-1928 British Library
referencedIn Vol. IV, N-Y. 1790-1931.includes:f. 1 William I of Netherlands, Kingdom of the Netherlands: Letter, as Prince of Orange, to D. Gray: 1795.: Fr.ff. 3-17b passim Alfred Newton, Professor of Zoology at Cambridge University: Letters to T. R. Jones: 1..., 1790-1931 British Library
referencedIn Mooar, Josiah Wright. Mooar, Josiah Wright and John Wesley Papers, 1838-1934 University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Horne, Herbert P. (Herbert Percy), 1864-1916. Letters from Charles Shannon, 1888-1894. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
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 Eccles Bequest. Vol. CLXIII. Newspaper articles, reviews and other promotional material relating to the following; 1879-2000, n.d. Mostly printed.1. C. H. Shannon; n.d.2. George Bernard Shaw; 1894, 1906.3. Walter Sickert: 1976.4. George Sims:1956.5. ..., 1852-2000 British Library
creatorOf Shannon, Charles Hazelwood, 1863-1937. C.H. Shannon letter and drawing, 1897. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
referencedIn Mooar, Josiah Wright and John Wesley Papers 1948., 1838-1934 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History
referencedIn Schofield, Walter Elmer, 1867-1944. Walter Elmer Schofield papers, 1885-1974. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Artworks by other artists, 1890s-1940s British Library
creatorOf Eccles Bequest. Vol. CXII. Miscellaneous correspondence; 1904-1938, n.d. Mostly typewritten.1. Charles H. Shannon and Thomas Robert Way; 1904-1916, n.d.2. Stuart Merrill and Andre Blaudin; 1911-1919, n.d. 3. Edmund Goss to various recipients; 1913-19..., 1904-1938 British Library
creatorOf Shannon, Charles Hazelwood, 1863-1937. Letter : London, to Laurence Housman, [undated]. Bryn Mawr College, Mariam Coffin Canaday Library
referencedIn Vol. III, ff. 353, P-Z.includes:f. 1 Frederick W. Pailthorpe, illustrator to C Dickens: Letter to W. Miller: 1903. f. 2 Francis Turner Palgrave, poet and anthologist: Letter to -: 1862. f. 3 Edward Henry Palmer, orientalist: Letter to S. 0. Grey: 187... British Library
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associatedWith Birnbaum, Martin, 1878-1970. person
associatedWith Bottomley, Gordon, 1874-1948. person
associatedWith Dowdall, Harold Chaloner, b. 1868. person
associatedWith Dowdall, Mrs., 1876-1939 person
associatedWith Horne, Herbert P. (Herbert Percy), 1864-1916. person
associatedWith Housman, Laurence, 1865-1959. person
associatedWith Mooar, John Wesley person
associatedWith Mooar, Josiah Wright person
associatedWith Mooar, Josiah Wright person
associatedWith Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931. person
associatedWith Ross, Robert Baldwin 1869-1918 person
correspondedWith Rothenstein, William, Sir, 1872-1945 person
associatedWith Schofield, Walter Elmer, 1867-1944. person
associatedWith Vale Press corporateBody
associatedWith Whistler, James McNeill, 1834-1903. person
associatedWith Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900. person
associatedWith William Andrews Clark Memorial Library corporateBody
associatedWith Woodring, Carl, 1919- person
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Death 1937

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