Ricketts, Charles

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Ricketts, Charles Gender: M
born on 2 October 1866 at 19:15 (= 7:15 PM )
Place Geneva, Switzerland, 46n12, 6e09
Timezone GET m6e09 (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 09°20' s_mo.18.gif s_cancol.18.gif 28°55 Asc.s_taucol.18.gif 22°49'

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Charles Ricketts
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Swiss artist known for his skill in various mediums, a painter, illustrator and sculptor as well as an author and publisher. From his distinctive use of the color, "Ricketts blue" was named after him, a light-blue commercial dye.

Ricketts studied wood engraving in Kennington in 1882, and from 1889-97, he was the publisher of "The Dial," an exotic journal, released on an irregular schedule. Homosexual himself, he worked with Oscar Wilde in 1891, designing Wilde’s first editions, and in 1894, he established the Vale Press. He took up oil painting in 1902, and eventually produced three volumes on art, including "The Prado and its Masterpieces." Although Ricketts displayed a strong love for the Old Masters, in particular the works from the Italian Renaissance period, he remained aloof from the artistic movements of his own time. He began designing theatre sets in 1906. In 1923, he became an informal advisor to the National Gallery of Canada before receiving an official appointment in 1927.

After their meeting during the early 1880s, Charles Haselwood Shannon became his longtime friend and companion. Enthusiastic, joyful and intense, Ricketts loved to talk and was passionate about both his life and his art. His friends described him as a generous and decent man. His heart failed on October 7, 1931 in London.

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  • Social : Begin a program of study 1882 (Wood engraving)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1889 (Began publishing "The Dial")
  • Relationship : Begin significant relationship 1891 (Began working with Oscar Wilde)
  • Work : Start Business 1894 (Established the Vale Press)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1902 (Began working in oils)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1906 (Designing theater sets)
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1923 (Informal advisor to the National Gallery of Canada)
  • Work : New Job 1927 (Advisor to the National Gallery of Canada)

Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes B.C.


  • Traits : Personality : Talkative (Loved to talk)
  • Traits : Personality : Other Personality (Passionate)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Same sex (Longterm companion)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Skills - Multi-faceted
  • Passions : Sexuality : Gay
  • Vocation : Art : Fine art artist (Painter, illustrator, sculptor)
  • Vocation : Beauty : Designer/ Fashion (Theater sets)
  • Vocation : Business : Consultant (Advisor)
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Publisher)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction (Art)