Finding Aid for the Charles Ricketts Collection 1888-1931

Processed by Katie Duvall.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Ricketts Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1888-1931
Collection number: Ricketts Collection
Creator: Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931
Extent: 54 items ()approximately 6 linear feet
Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
Los Angeles, California 90095-1490
Abstract: This collection contains visual material created by Charles Ricketts, an English printer and artist active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
Physical location: Clark Library
Language of Material: Collection materials in English

Access

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Clark Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, UCLA as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Charles Ricketts Collection, Ricketts Collection, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

This collection originated in accessions MS.1961.008, MS.1963.009, MS.1965.003, MS.1968.009, MS.1968.010, MS.1969.001. Any items without an accession number stated in the record are from unknown sources.

Processing History

Processed by Katie Duvall, October 2010

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.

Scope and Content

This collection contains visual material created by Charles Ricketts, an English printer and artist active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This collection includes artwork, costume designs and book designs. Also included are a substantial number of trial proofs of wood engravings created by Ricketts and Charles Haslewood Shannon for their publication of Daphnis and Chloe.
The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Theater Design, 1909-1916. 7 items
  • Series 2. Artwork/ Illustration, 1888-1931. 6 items
  • Series 3. Book Design, 1892-1894. 5 items
  • Series 4. Vale Publications, 1893. 32 items, 2 boxes
  • Series 5. Miscellaneous Material Relating to Charles Ricketts. 2 items

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

Subjects

Vale Press
McCarthy, Lila Emma, 1875-1960
Shannon, Charles Haslewood 1863-1937
Sperisen, Albert, 1908-1999
Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900

Genres and Forms

Book design
Costume design
Drawings (visual works)
Lithography
Printmaking
Woodcuts (prints)


Container List

 

Series 1. Theater Design 1909-1916

Physical Description: 7 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains costume designs created by Charles Ricketts, primarily for Arnold Bennett's production of the play "Judith."

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Location Ricketts Art Drawer, Folder 1

Three costume designs for Lillah McCarthy in Arnold Bennett's, "Judith" 1909

Physical Description: 3 drawings: watercolor and pencil; images 20 x 12 in., 16 x 12 in., and 22 x 12 in., unframed.

Scope and Content Note

1. Judith under dress 2. Judith 3. Petunia, panel satin. Includes board from original frame with exhibition labels. From the collection of Lillah McCarthy.

Note

Accession #: MS.1961.008
Location Ricketts Art Drawer, Folder 2

Slave costume for the play "Judith" 1909

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and pencil; 16 x 12 in., mounted to 25 x 20 in.

Scope and Content Note

Sketch is either for the Arnold Bennett or T. Sturge Moore version of "Judith". Both versions were designed and dressed by Ricketts. Exhibited at Royal Academy commemorative exhibit 1932-1933.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
Box 1, Folder 1

Sketch of a woman's costume design showing front and back probably 1909

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and ink on "Lansdowne House" letterhead paper; image 10 x 8 in., unframed

Scope and Content Note

Designed for Lillah McCarthy, possibly for Arnold Bennett's "Judith." From the collection of Lillah McCarthy.

Note

Accession #: MS.1961.008
Box 1, Folder 2

"Negro Attendant" costume 1909

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and pencil. Portraying a semi-naked figure with amulets, orange head-dress and fan. Title in Ricketts' hand. 16 x 10 in.

Scope and Content Note

For Arnold Bennett's "Judith." From the collection of Lillah McCarthy.

Note

Accession #: MS.1961.008
Box 1, Folder 3

Costume for English actress Penelope Wheeler 1916

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and pencil. 16 x 11 in, mounted to 22 x 17 1/2 in.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
 

Series 2. Artwork/ Illustration 1888-1931

Physical Description: 6 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains original artwork created by Charles Ricketts. This includes drawings, lithographs and one sculpture. The sculpture was created as a memorial to Oscar Wilde after his death.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 1, Folder 4

The Story of Pan probably 1888

Physical Description: 2 illustrations: pen and ink wash heightened with chinese wash. 5 x 5 in. each, mounted together in 19 x 11 in. board.

Scope and Content Note

From the W. Graham Robertson collection.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
Box 1, Folder 5

The Lover Despairing to Attain circa 1889

Physical Description: 1. Original drawing: pen and ink. 10 1/2 x 8 in. 2. An example of the published page.

Scope and Content Note

Drawn for "The Magazine of Art."

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
Box 1, Folder 6

Untitled illustration for The Magazine of Art probably 1900

Physical Description: 1 drawing: pen and ink; 10 1/2 x 8 in., mounted to 18 x 14 1/4 in., unframed

Scope and Content Note

For "The Magazine of Art."

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
Box 1, Folder 7

Finis circa 1900-1931

Physical Description: Original lithograph in black and white, portraying figure of Death. 12 3/4 x 9 3/4 in. mounted to 20 x 15 1/4 in.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009
Location Framed Artwork

Immanent Will, or It 1914

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 23 1/2 x 18 in., in wood frame 27 x 20 1/2 in.

Scope and Content Note

Original poster advertising Harley Granville-Barker's production of Thomas Hardy's, The Dynasts. Includes Thomas Hardy's signature.
Location South Bookroom

Silence 1905

Physical Description: 1 statuette: bronze; 14 in. tall

Scope and Content Note

Statue created as a memorial to Oscar Wilde after his death.
 

Series 3. Book Design 1892-1894

Physical Description: 5 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains things related to book designs created by Charles Ricketts for commercial publishers. This includes cover proofs and illustrations for editions of Oscar Wilde's work.

Arrangement

This series is arranged chronologically by date.
Box 1, Folder 8

Proof designs for an edition of Oscar Wilde's "Poems" 1892

Physical Description: 3 items: 1. Proof of cover design: gilt on binding cloth; 11 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. 2. Rough pull of earlier design in red; ink on paper. 3. Prospectus

Scope and Content Note

The rough pull in red is from the collection of C. Elkin Mathews.
Box 1, Folder 9

On the reedy banks 1894

Physical Description: 1 drawing: pen and ink on pink paper; image 8 x 6 in.

Scope and Content Note

Original drawing for Oscar Wilde's, The Sphinx. Illustration #5 as appears in book.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009
Box 1, Folder 10

The burden of the cross 1894

Physical Description: 1 drawing: pen and ink on vellum, 4 colors; 8 1/2 x 6 in., unframed

Scope and Content Note

Illustration for Oscar Wilde's, The Sphinx. This was not used in the final publication.

Note

Accession #: MS.1963.009.
 

Series 4. Vale Publications 1893

Physical Description: 32 items, 2 boxes

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material created and published by Charles Ricketts and Charles H. Shannon prior to the formal creation of the Vale Press (1896-1904). This includes a series of woodcut proof prints for an edition of the George Thornley translation of Daphnis & Chloe.

Arrangement

This series is arranged in order of plate number.
Box 2-3

Daphnis and Chloe 1893

Physical Description: 32 prints: black and white woodcuts; various sizes, mounted to 12 1/2 x 19 in.

Scope and Content Note

Partial set of signed and annotated trial proofs (32 of a set of 37) by Charles Ricketts and Charles Shannon for Vale Publications' edition of the George Thornley translation (1657) of Daphnis & Chloe. Includes proofs of plates 1-4, 6-25, 28-33, 36-37.

Note

Accession #'s: MS.1965.003-plates 1, 2, 4, 10-13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 28, 31, 37; MS.1968.009-plates 7, 14, 17, 22, 25, 32; MS.1968.010-plates 3, 9, 19, 21, 23, 33; MS.1969.001-plates 6, 8, 24, 29, 30, 36
 

Series 5. Miscellaneous Material Relating to Charles Ricketts

Physical Description: 2 items

Scope and Content Note

This series contains material and ephemera created about or as a tribute to Charles Ricketts.
Box 1, Folder 11

Guests at Daphnis & Chloe's Wedding Feast undated

Physical Description: 2 prints: black & white, red print on paper

Scope and Content Note

Printed by Harold Seeger and Albert Sperisen for members of the Roxburghe Club.
Box 1, Folder 11

An Exhibition of Books Designed by Charles Ricketts from the Collection of A.E. Gallatin 1946

Physical Description: 1 pamphlet: black & white

Scope and Content Note

Exhibition brochure from The Houghton Library at Harvard University.