James Jebusa Shannon: Jungle Tales (Contes de la Jungle) 1895

James Jebusa Shannon, Jungle Tales (Contes de la Jungle) 1895, Oil on canvas, Credit Line: Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1913, source: The Met

Who Is James Jebusa Shannon?

James Jebusa Shannon was born in the United States and moved to England in 1878 where he trained at South Kensington.

According to ArtUK,

“Shannon enjoyed early success and, under the influence of Sargent, developed a bravura portrait style which made him one of the most sought after society portraitists of the Edwardian period; elected RA (1909), and President of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters (1910–1923)”

James Jebusa Shannon, Jungle Tales (Contes de la Jungle) 1895, Oil on canvas, Credit Line: Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1913, source: The Met, detail.

American or British?

Shannon studied in London during the 1880s and remained there, enjoying success as a society portraitist and figure painter. (In 1922 he renounced his United States citizenship in order to accept a knighthood.)

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James Jebusa Shannon, Jungle Tales (Contes de la Jungle) 1895, Oil on canvas, Credit Line: Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1913, source: The Met, detail.

Reading Kipling’s Jungle Book

“Jungle Tales” portrays the artist’s wife reading to their daughter, Kitty, shown in profile, and another child. The painting’s title and date and its London origin suggest that the little group is captivated by Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, which had appeared in 1894.

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Details for “Jungle Tales”

  • Artist: James Jebusa Shannon (1862–1923)
  • Date: 1895
  • Culture: American (British?)
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 34 1/4 x 44 3/4 in. (87 x 113.7 cm)
  • Credit Line: Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, 1913
  • On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 768
  • High resolution image found at Wikimedia Commons

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. Tanya says:

    I love Kipling’s Jungle Book!

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    1. Yes!! I have long had a passion for children’s literature….would love to start a new blog (someday). Thanks for visiting, Tanya. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Tanya says:

        Well that would be great to have a blog just for children!!

        Liked by 1 person

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