Finding Aid for the Charles Shannon Collection 1890-1917

Processed by Katie Duvall.
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Descriptive Summary

Title: Charles Shannon Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1890-1917
Collection number: Shannon Collection
Creator: Shannon, Charles Haslewood 1863-1937
Extent: 50 items (approximately 5 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 Shannon, an English artist, printer and lithographer 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 Shannon Collection, Shannon Collection, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

Acquisition Information

This collection originated in accessions MS.1951.023, MS.1960.017, MS.1960.018, MS,1965.003, MS.1968.009, MS.1968.010, MS.1969.001.

Processing History

Processed by Katie Duvall, October 2010

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.

Scope and Content

This collection contains visual material created by Charles Shannon, an English artist, printer and lithographer active in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This collection includes lithographs and a drawing. Also included are a substantial number of trial proofs of wood engravings created by Shannon and Charles Ricketts for their publication of Daphnis and Chloe.
The collection is organized into the following series:
  • Series 1. Lithographs, 1892-1906. 15 items, 1 box
  • Series 2. Drawings, 1917. 1 item
  • Series 3. Vale Publications, 1893. 32 items, 2 boxes

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
Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931

Genres and Forms

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


Container List

 

Series 1. Lithographs 1892-1906

Physical Description: 15 items, 1 box

Scope and Content Note

This series contains lithographs created by Charles Shannon.

Arrangement

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

Repeated bend 1892

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription in lower right corner: C.H. Shannon R 11. Published in The Dial, no. 2 (1892).

Note

Accession #: MS.1951.023
Box 1, Folder 2

White nights 1893

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 13 1/2 x 9 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription C.H. Shannon. Published in The Dial, no. 3 (1893).

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 3

The stone bath 1895

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 6 1/8 x 4 3/8 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription in lower right corner: C.H. Shannon. Published in The Savoy, no. 3 (1896).

Note

Accession #: MS.1951.023
Box 1, Folder 4

The nursery floor 1896

Physical Description: 1 print: red lithograph; image 8 1/2 x 7 3/4 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription in lower right corner: C.H. Shannon. Published in L'estampe, Paris.

Note

Accession #: MS.1951.023
Box 1, Folder 5

The three sisters 1894

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 8 1/4 x 9 7/8 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription: C.H. Shannon. Published in Portfolio No. 2 (1894).

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 6

Biondina 1894

Physical Description: 2 prints: black & white lithograph; images 8 1/2 x 10 in., one is unmounted, other is in white card mount 22 x 16 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription on unmounted print: C.H. Shannon. Mounted print is unsigned. Published in L'estampe originale, Paris (1894).

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 7

The wood engraver 1894

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 6 3/4 x 6 7/8 in., in white card mount 22 x 16 in.

Scope and Content Note

Portrait of Charles Ricketts. Inscription Charles H. Shannon. Published in Portfolio no. 2 (1894).

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 8

E.J. van Wisselingh 1895

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 9 1/2 x 8 1/2 in., in white card mount 22 x 16 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription: C.H. Shannon. Published in Portfolio No. 3 (1895) as "A portrait sketch."

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 9

Le fumeur 1895

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 10 3/8 x 9 1/8 in., in white card mount 22 x 16 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription: C.H. Shannon. Published by Portfolio No. 3 (1895) as "A portrait sketch."

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 10

W.L. Lacon 1896

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 14 3/4 x 9 1/4 in., in white card mount 22 x 16 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription: Charles Shannon. R42 W.L. Lacon.

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 11

The dressing-room 1897

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 5 7/8 x 4 7/8 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription in lower right corner: C.H. Shannon. Published in The dial, no. 5 (1897).

Note

Accession #: MS.1951.023
Box 1, Folder 12

After the bath 1897

Physical Description: 1 print: black & white lithograph; 6 1/8 x 4 3/4 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription in lower right corner: C.H. Shannon.

Note

Accession #: MS.1951.023
Box 1, Folder 13

The infancy of Bacchus 1897

Physical Description: 1 print: green lithograph; image diameter 10 in.

Scope and Content Note

Published in The dial, no. 5 (1897).

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 14

The morning visit 1906

Physical Description: 2 prints: black & white, green lithograph; 9 7/8 x 8 3/8 in., in white card mount 22 x 16 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription on b&w lithograph: Morning visit R.68. Early state (before border line was strengthened at top). Charles Shannon. Green lithograph is unsigned.

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
Box 1, Folder 15

The toilet (a fan) 1906

Physical Description: 1 print: sanguine lithograph; 5 1/2 x 16 1/4 in., in white card mount 22 x 16 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription: Charles Shannon no. 64, 1st state.

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.017
 

Series 2. Drawings 1917

Physical Description: 1 item

Scope and Content Note

This series contains one drawing created by Charles Shannon.
Box 1, Folder 16

Wise and foolish virgin 1917

Physical Description: 1 drawing: watercolor and crayon on gray paper; 15 3/4 x 8 1/4 in., mounted on white board 21 x 13 in.

Scope and Content Note

Inscription: CS 1917. "Wise & foolish virgin."

Note

Accession #: MS.1960.018
 

Series 3. 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 and Chloe.

Arrangement

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

Daphnis & 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