Arts Everyday Living: Portrait of an Aristocrat—On the Brink of Adulthood

 

PORTRAIT OF AN ARISTOCRAT

ON THE BRINK OF ADULTHOOD

 

 

James Jebusa Shannon, Lady Majorie Manners, 1900, oil on canvas, National Trust, Plas Newydd, Anglesey, Wales

James Jebusa Shannon, Lady Majorie Manners, 1900, oil on canvas

A beautiful body perishes but a work of art does not.

Leonardo da Vinci*

Although James Jebusa Shannon (1862-1923) was born in the United States, the future artist moved to England when he was in his teens, soon studying at British art schools. He eventually won acclaim as a portrait painter, his subjects often including members of the aristocracy such as 17 year old Lady Majorie Manners above. Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) has left posterity numerous reflections and theories regarding art in his Notebooks; however, I was not able to find the source of the quote above.

The above image is used solely for educational purposes and in the U.S. public domain.

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