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"Charles Shannon: Lithographs and Luminaries" Exhibition


     On Wednesday, March 22, 2006, at 5:30 p.m., Mark Samuels Lasner will speak at the Delaware Art Museum, 2301 Kentmere Parkway, Wilmington, on Charles Shannon, his circle of friends, and his stunning prints. The presentation will be in conjunction with the exhibition “Charles Shannon: Lithographs and Luminaries” at the Delaware Art Museum on view from March 17, 2006 through July 9, 2006.   For more information, call 302-571-9590 or consult www.delart.org. 

    A collector, bibliographer, and expert on the literature and art of late-Victorian Britain, Mark Samuels Lasner is Senior Research Fellow at the University of Delaware Library.

    London in the late 19th century was home to many artists and literary figures. Charles Haslewood Shannon (1863-1937) was an active participant in and keen observer of this world of refined tastes and bold ambitions. This is the first comprehensive exhibition to be held in the United States devoted to the lithographic work of this versatile painter, printmaker and collector.

    One section will be devoted to Shannon’s revealing portraits of members of the incredibly rich milieu of fin de siecle London, which included artists and literary figures such as Alphonse Legros, Max Beerbohm, Oscar Wilde and Lucien Pissarro. The remainder of the display will spotlight Shannon’s subject lithographs, focusing almost exclusively on the female form almost exclusively. Shannon’s style combines Pre-Raphaelite sensuousness with impressionistic softness, and boldly modern asymmetric compositional. Also on view are examples of the artist's book illustration and design done in collaboration with his life-long partner, Charles Ricketts, along with related works by the caricaturist Max Beerbohm and the photographer Alvin Langdon Coburn.

    All items in “Charles Shannon: Lithographs and Luminaries” are drawn from the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection at the University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

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