Sir James Jebusa Shannon, R.A., P.R.B.A. (1862-1923)
Rose pink, c.1888
indistinctly signed 'J.J. SHANNON' (lower left)
oil on canvas
47 x 27 in. (119.4 x 68.6 cm.)
The artist, and by descent.
'Institute of Painters in Oil Colours', Times, 3 November 1888, p. 8. 'The
‘Oil Institute’ Exhibition,' Pall Mall Gazette, 5 November 1888, p. 6. 'The Institute of Painters in Oil',
Glasgow Herald, 5 November 1888, p. 4. 'Institute of Painters in Oil Colours',
Athenaeum, 10 November 1888, p. 631. 'The Institute of Painters in Oils. Second Notice',
Illustrated London News, 17 November 1888, p. 600. 'Institute of Painters in Oil Colours. II',
The Graphic, 17 November 1888, p. 519.
London, Institute of Painters in Oil-Colours, 1888/89, no. 53.
Sale room notice
The estimate for this lot should be £20,000-30,000 and not as printed in the catalogue.

Lot Essay

The pink silk dress worn by the elegant young woman (probably Florence Shannon) in this picture suggests it was painted in the mid-1880s. The square-brush technique deployed by Shannon can also be seen in the works of Henry Herbert La Thangue and John Singer Sargent during that period. This method of applying paint and the interest in high fashion reflect influences from Parisian art and a desire to capture the epoch of the fin-de-siècle.

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