The artist's estate, and by descent.
SIR JAMES JEBUSA SHANNON, R.A., R.B.A., P.R.S.P.P. (1862-1923) (Lots 9-15)
Born in rural Auburn, New York, the highly successful society portrait painter Sir James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923) spent his youth in Canada. In 1878, at the age of sixteen, he travelled alone to England, where he trained under Sir Edward John Poynter (1836-1919) at the South Kensington School of Art (now the Royal College of Art) until 1881. The first of his many international honours was a gold medal at the 1889 Paris Exposition Universelle. Over the course of his career he engaged a variety of styles and exhibited widely at such venues as the Grosvenor Gallery, the New Gallery, the New English Art Club, and especially the London Royal Academy of Arts, to which he was elected a full academician in 1909. Shannon was a founding member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters of which he was president from 1910 to 1923. His contributions to the arts were officially recognized when he received a knighthood from King George V in 1922. Shannon’s art is represented in major public and private collections throughout the United Kingdom and the United States, including Tate Britain, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art Museum, and The Royal Academy of Arts.
We are grateful to Barbara Dyer Gallati for her assistance in preparing these catalogue entries.