Charles Shannon and Charles Ricketts

Until September 2021

A new display at the Walker Art Gallery spotlights the work and relationship of Charles Shannon (1863-1937) and Charles Ricketts (1866-1931). Four artworks – one painting, two delicate drawings and one lithograph – explore some of the people, ideas and themes that influenced their work.

Shannon and Rickett met at art school as teenagers. They lived and worked together for more than 50 years. Although they never identified themselves as a homosexual couple, they were undoubtedly deeply committed to each other and created work which suggests their rejection of the confines of Victorian society.

From complex female characters to a study for a Biblical tale of morality and judgment, the select display reflects not only on their creative partnership but also the artistic and forward-thinking circles the artists moved in.

Caption: Souvenir of an “International Ball” (Portrait of Miss Kathleen Bruce); Charles Hasslewood Shannon; 1907 (creative Commons)


Further information:
  • Opening times: Tuesday to Sunday 10.00 am – 6.00 pm; Booking is essential
  • Entry is free; there is a charge for some exhibitions
  • Location  Walker Art Gallery, William Brown Street, Liverpool L3 8EL
  • How to get there By train: Liverpool Lime Street – Wirral and national services, Moorfields station – Northern line services (Southport – Hunts Cross), Liverpool Central – Wirral and Northern line services; By car: the Walker is in the city centre, close to the entrance to the Queensway Tunnel and Lime Street Station – follow the directions to Liverpool Lime St station where there is a car park just opposite the Walker Art Gallery in William Brown Street; By bus: nearest bus stations are Queens Square bus station and Liverpool One bus station
  • Further information 0151 478 4199