Lady Florence Shannon, wife of above
Kitty Shannon Keigwin, daughter of the artist
Julia Gibbons, granddaughter of the artist
Estate of Julia Gibbons
Private collection, New York, New York
Debra Force Fine Art, New York, New York, Seeking Beauty: Paintings by James Jebusa Shannon, May 1–June 30, 2014
Debra Force Fine Art, New York, New York, In Bloom, July 6–September 24, 2001
Barbara Dayer Gallati, Seeking Beauty: Paintings by James Jebusa Shannon (New York: Debra Force Fine Art, Inc., 2014), 36, 37, fig. 10.
Note: In this portrait, James Jebusa Shannon lovingly paints his wife Florence, who modeled for her husband on many occasions. The floral background is an appropriate choice as Florence spent much time devoted to her garden.
James Jebusa Shannon was a leading portraitist in England during the late Victorian and Edwardian periods. A young Shannon showed early talent for the arts. Although born in Auburn, New York, at the age of 16 his parents sent him to the National Art Training School in South Kensington (later the Royal College of Art), where he studied under the French-trained artist Edward Poynter. Two years into his studies, Shannon earned a gold medal for figure drawings in the national art school competition in Britain. The young artist’s abilities quickly garnered him notice as he received commissions from Queen Victoria