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CHARLES SHANNON (English / 1863-1937)

Charles Haslewood Shannon was born in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, the son of a church of England vicar. At the age of 19 he met his lifelong partner Charles de Sousy Ricketts, then 16, and the two were inseparable until death. The most prominent gay couple in London's art world, they kept an artistic and literary salon in which, as their close friend Oscar Wilde said, "you will never be bored". Other friends included Laurence Housman, Max Beerbohm, and the printmakers Alphonse Legros and Lucien Pissarro. Both Shannon and Ricketts remained faithful to the Decadence of the 1890s, and can be classed as English Symbolists. An exhibition at Tullie House in 2007 was appropriately entitled Decadence and Design: Ricketts, Shannon, and their Circle.

See also:

WALTER CRANE
LUCIEN PISSARRO

Selected prints by CHARLES SHANNON

Study, 1903
Lithograph
Pegasus, 1903
Wood engraving
La marée montante, 1909
Lithograph

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