Sellstedt, Lars Gustaf, 1819-1911

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Lars Gustaf Sellstedt was a portrait, landscape, and marine painter. He was born in Sundsvall, Sweden on April 30, 1819. At the age of 11, Sellstedt became a cabin-boy on a Swedish trading vessel and worked as a merchant seaman until 1845, when he settled in Buffalo, N.Y. Sellstedt took a studio and began his career as a portrait painter. In 1850, he married Louise Lovejoy and they lived in New York City for a brief period of time; she died a few years later in Buffalo. In 1853, Sellstedt visited Stockholm, but returned to Buffalo and married Caroline Scott in 1856. Their home became a center of artistic activity.

Sellstedt helped to arrange an art exhibition in 1861 that led to the establishment of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy; he served as its president in 1876 and 1877. In 1872, Sellstedt sent his self-portrait to the National Academy of Design; it won a commendation from Daniel Huntington and led to his election as an associate. In 1875, he became a National Academician. Sellstedt was active in the Saturn and Liberal Clubs of Buffalo. In 1904, he published his autobiography and in 1910, "Art in Buffalo." Sellstedt died on June 4, 1911.

From the description of Collection, [ca. 1848-ca. 1906] (Winterthur Library). WorldCat record id: 84665638

Born in Sweden; left in 1831 to become a sailor; settled in Buffalo in 1842 and opened an art studio. In 1850, married Louise Lovejoy, who died of cholera in 1851. Married Caroline Scott in 1856; her brother- in-law, Solomon G. Haven, was a former mayor, current Congressman and law partner of Millard Fillmore. Built a reputation as a talented portrait painter. Was a founder of the Buffalo Fine Arts Academy and one of the first curators of the Albright Art Gallery. In 1872 he was elected an associate of the American Academy of Design, becoming a full-fledged Academician in 1875. In 1904 his art studio on West Mohawk St. burned and many of his paintings were destroyed. His most notable paintings are portraits of Millard Fillmore, Grover Cleveland, and himself. Author of an autobiography and a history of art in Buffalo.

The ancestors of Sellstedt's wife Caroline include William Scott, an officer in the Revolutionary War. Sellstedt's daughter Eva married Dr. Frank H. Potter in 1887.

From the description of Family papers, 1775-1943 (bulk 1845-1943). (Buffalo History Museum). WorldCat record id: 34178305

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn Viele, Chase. Chase Viele papers, 1957-1961. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Shepard, Frederick Job, 1850-1934, collector. Frederick J. Shepard scrapbook of autographs, 1877-1934. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
creatorOf Strong, Nathaniel T., d. 1872. Nathaniel T. Strong account, letters, and lecture, 1849, 1863, 1871. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Sellstedt, Lars G., 1819- : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
referencedIn Lars Gustaf Sellstedt family collection, Sellstedt, Lars Gustaf family collection, 1808-1972, 1846-1911, 1972 William L. Clements Library
referencedIn Hazard, George Starr, 1809-1903. Scrapbook, 1854-1895. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn McCausland, Walter. Ferris and Lovejoy family papers, 1771-1964. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Sellstedt, Lars Gustaf, 1819-1911. Collection, [ca. 1848-ca. 1906] Winterthur Library
creatorOf Potter, Eva Sellstedt, 1862-1945. Papers, 1863-1934. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
referencedIn Shaw, Edwin Coupland, 1863-1941. Edwin Coupland Shaw papers, 1864-1937. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sellstedt, Lars Gustaf, 1819-1911. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn McCausland, Walter. Ferris and Lovejoy families papers, 1771-1964. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Viele, Chase. Early Buffalo artists : typescript, 1964. Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
creatorOf Gay, Edward, 1837-1928. Edward Gay and Gay family papers, 1852-1975. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Sellstedt, Lars Gustaf, 1819-1911. Family papers, 1775-1943 (bulk 1845-1943). Buffalo History Museum, Research Library
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associatedWith Albright Art Gallery (Buffalo, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Buffalo Fine Arts Academy (N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Eastman family. family
associatedWith Fillmore, Millard, 1800-1874. person
associatedWith Gay, Edward, 1837-1928. person
associatedWith Greene family. family
associatedWith Haven, Solomon G. (Solomon George), 1810-1861. person
associatedWith Hazard, George Starr, 1809-1903. person
associatedWith McCausland, Walter, 1895-1966. person
associatedWith Potter, Eva Sellstedt, 1862-1945. person
associatedWith Potter family family
associatedWith Potter family. family
associatedWith Potter, William Warren, 1837-1911. person
associatedWith Scott, William. person
associatedWith Sellstedt, Caroline Scott. person
associatedWith Sellstedt, Caroline Scott, 1826-1909. person
associatedWith Sellstedt family family
associatedWith Shaw, Edwin Coupland, 1863-1941. person
associatedWith Shepard, Frederick Job, 1850-1934, collector. person
associatedWith Strong, Nathaniel T., d. 1872. person
associatedWith Viele, Chase. person
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New York (State)--Buffalo
United States
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Valentines
Dwellings--Photographs
Art, Modern--19th century
Artists
Interior decoration--Photographs
Antietam, Battle of, Md., 1862
House furnishings--Photographs
Furniture--Photographs
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Birth 1819

Death 1911

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