James Jebusa Shannon “The Purple Stocking”
Anglo-American artist, was born at Auburn, New York, in 1862’, and at the age of eight was taken by his parents to Canada. When he was sixteen, he went to England, where he studied at South Kensington, and after three years won the gold medal for figure painting.
His portrait of the Hon. Horatia Stopford, one of the queen’s maids of honor, attracted attention at the Royal Academy in 1881, and in 1887 his portrait of Henry Vigne in hunting costume was one of the successes of the exhibition, subsequently securing medals for the artist at Paris, Berlin and Vienna.
He soon became one of the leading portrait painters in London. He was one of the first members of the New English Art Club, and in 1897 was elected an associate of the Royal Academy, and R.A. in 1909. His picture, ” The Flower Girl,” was bought in 1901 for the National Gallery of British Art.