|Charles Shannon, 'Ashtoreth' (c. 1888) [Private collection]|
|Label on the reverse of Charles Shannon's 'Ashtoreth' (c. 1888) [Private collection]|
A year after the picture was exhibited (and probably drawn), Ricketts and Shannon collaborated on an illustration job for Harry Quilter's magazine The Universal Review. [See blog No 26: Universal Disdain]. Julian Corbett's story 'Jezebel' was decorated with an initial, a frontispiece, and three illustrations by Ricketts and Shannon. Ricketts depicted 'Astarté', as a god of fertility, surrounded by heart-shaped symbols of love, and with doves in the sky.
The body shape of Ricketts's 'Astarté' is sketchy, and symbolic, while Shannon's image is more realistic, and erotic, turning her head to the viewer.
Recently, this pastel was sold by Eastbourne Auctions in a Fine and Antique Sale (lot 1165).