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  • Contributing Institution: William Andrews Clark Memorial Library
    Title: Charles Shannon Collection
    Creator: Shannon, Charles, 1863-1937
    Identifier/Call Number: Shannon Collection
    Physical Description: 3 Linear Feet 4 boxes
    Date (inclusive): about 1890-1950
    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: 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, Box and folder number], Charles Shannon Collection, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of California, Los Angeles.

    Acquisition Information

    This collection was acquired through various Clark Library purchases (accessions MS.1951.023, MS.1960.017, MS.1960.018), as well as by the generous donation of Albert Sperisen (accessions MS,1965.003, MS.1968.009, MS.1968.010, MS.1969.001).

    Processing History

    Processed by Katie Duvall, October 2010
    Revised by Rebecca Fenning Marschall, August 2023.


    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 includes lithographs by Charles Shannon, as well as other original artwork and 30 trial proofs created by Shannon and Charles Ricketts for their publication of Daphnis and Chloe.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Lithography -- England -- 19th century
    Woodcuts (prints)
    Drawings (visual works) -- England -- 19th century
    Book design -- England -- 19th century