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Finding Aid for the Charles Shannon Collection 1890-1917
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Access
  • Publication Rights
  • Preferred Citation
  • Acquisition Information
  • Processing History
  • Biography
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • 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


    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


    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.


    Vale Press
    Ricketts, Charles S., 1866-1931

    Genres and Forms

    Book design
    Drawings (visual works)
    Woodcuts (prints)