Biography: English artist, born at Sleaford in Lincolnshire, the son of the Rev. Frederick William Shannon, Rector of and Catherine Emma Manthorp. Shannon attended the City and Guilds of London Art School and was subsequently considerably influenced by his lifetime partner Charles Ricketts and by Venetian art. His portraits and Giorgionesque figure compositions, which are marked by a classic sense of style, were well received. He is also known for his etchings and lithographic designs. He was awarded a first-class gold medal at Munich in 1895 and a first-class silver medal in Paris in 1900. He was a member of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers. Shannon became disabled in 1928 after a fall while hanging a picture, and the neurological damage that resulted caused amnesia and ended his career.