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Henry Courtney Selous (1803 - 1890)

RA Collection: People and Organisations

Painter of portraits and landscapes, illustrator; author of children’s books.

Son of Gideon “George” Slous (1777–1839), a Flemish portrait and miniature painter, and a pupil of the English Romantic painter, engraver and illustrator, John Martin (1789-1854). He married Emily Elizabeth (d. 1879), daughter of the successful miniature painter Henry Pierce Boneat, at St Pancras Parish Church on 4 March 1837. They had four daughters.

In 1819 Selous entered the Royal Academy Schools. He exhibited his first work at the RA in 1818, a Portrait of a Favourite Cat. He submitted animal portraits for the next three years before embarking on human portraiture. His early works were exhibited under the name Slous, but at some time between 1831 and 1838 he adopted the name Selous.


Born: 1803 in London

Died: 24 September 1890

Gender: Male

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