Scope and Content
Title: Charles Shannon Collection,
Date (inclusive): 1890-1917
Collection number: Shannon Collection
Creator: Shannon, Charles
(approximately 5 linear feet)
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.
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.
[Identification of item], Charles Shannon Collection, Shannon
Collection, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library, University of
California, Los Angeles.
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.
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
The following terms have been used to index the description of this
collection in the library's online public access catalog.
Charles S., 1866-1931
Genres and Forms