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
Samuel Carter Hall, editor
The Book of British Ballads - London: 1842-1844
Art Union of London
Art-Union Of London, 4 Trafalgar Square ... Proof Illustrations Of Twenty-Two Designs In Outline Illustrative Of The "Pilgrim's Progress;" Made Expressly For The Society By Henry C. Selous, And Engraved By Henry Moses. - [London]:: 
Outlines to Shakespeare. The Tempest. 12 plates - London: 1825