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Henry Courtney Selous: Artist

Posted in Art, Artist on Sunday, 31 January 2016

Henry Courtney Selous was a British painter, illustrator and lithographer.

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Shakespeare’s Macbeth, illustrated by Henry Courtney Selous

Born in Deptford, London, in 9 May 1803, Selous was the third son of Gideon Slous (1777-1839) who, as George Slous, was a Flemish portrait and miniature painter. Henry’s brothers included Frederick Lokes Slous, who became Chairman of the London Stock Exchange; and Angiolo Robson Slous, the playwright who penned True to the Core: A Story of the Armada.

Henry was educated at the Royal Academy Schools and exhibited his first work at the Academy. His first four contributions were studies of animals before he switched to human portraiture. Most of his early works were signed Slous, but he adopted the name Selous in the 1830s.

In the 1840s he began painting historical subjects, winning £200 for his submission to the New Palace of Westminster cartoon competition for the design of frescoes for the new building in 1843. His paintings also recorded contemporary events, such as The Opening of The Great Exhibition (1851) and The Glorious Charge of the Heavy Brigade (1855), which depicted the Battle of Balaclava. He also produced illustrations for Shakespeare and John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress.

Selous was married to Emily Elizabeth Bone in 1837 and had four daughters: Jane, Maria Louisa, Emily Elizabeth and Annie Maria.

Selous, who lived at 28 Gloucester Road, London,  died at Winsford Tower, Beaworthy, North Devon, the house of his son-in-law, George Webb Medley (husband of Maria Louisa Selous), on 24 September 1890, aged 88.

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The best pictures from educational trade cards, 100

Posted in Architecture, Art, Artist, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Castles, Disasters, Educational card, Exploration, Heroes and Heroines, Historical articles, History, London, Rivers, Royalty, Ships, War on Thursday, 26 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows the Royal reception of Francis Drake on his return to London from South America in 1581.

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The Reception of Francis Drake to London from South America in 1581

The second picture shows the burning of the Chinese fleet at Canton.

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Burning of the Chinese fleet at Canton

The third picture shows Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, meeting with artists.

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Philip the Good, Duke of Burgundy, meeting with artists, 1450

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Posted in Animals, Art, Artist, Best pictures, Boats, Educational card, Famous artists, Historical articles, History, Industry, Invasions, Religion, Sea, Ships, War, Weapons, Wildlife on Thursday, 26 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Raphael working on his portrait of Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de’ Medici and Luigi de’ Rossi.

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Raphael working on his portrait of Pope Leo X with Cardinals Giulio de' Medici and Luigi de' Rossi

The second picture shows William the Conquerer falling onto the sand of Pevensey Bay in 1066.

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The conquest of England by the Normans, with William the Conquerer, having fallen onto the sand of Pevensey Bay, at which he exclaimed, 'By the splendour of God, I have taken seisin of England! – I hold its earth in my hands!'.

The third picture shows whaling off the coast of South America.

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Whaling off the coast of South America

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

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Posted in Art, Artist, Best pictures, Discoveries, Educational card, Exploration, Famous artists, Fashion, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Trade, Transport, Travel on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows the reception of Vasco da Gama by the Samudiri of Calicut, India, May 1498.

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Reception of Vasco da Gama by the Samudiri of Calicut, India, May 1498

The second picture shows men and women on bicycles.

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Men and women on bicycles

The third picture shows Leonardo da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa.

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Leonardo da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

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Posted in Architecture, Art, Artist, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Communications, Customs, Famous artists, Famous battles, Famous landmarks, Historical articles, History, Invasions, Religion, War, Weapons on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Leonardo da Vinci as a student of Andrea del Verrocchio.

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Leonardo da Vinci as a student of Andrea del Verrocchio

The second picture shows the Siege of Paris by the Normans in the 9th Century.

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Siege of Paris by the Normans, 9th Century

The third picture shows the Call to prayer at Gallipoli.

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Call to prayer, Gallipoli

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

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Posted in Artist, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, Royalty, Theatre, War, Weapons on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows the workshop of a medieval mask maker.

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Workshop of a medieval mask maker

The second picture shows Moliere at the table of Louis XIV.

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Moliere at the table of Louis XIV

The third picture shows the Defence of Bazeilles during the Battle of Sedan.

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Battle of Sedan, the Defence of Bazeilles

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 61

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Art, Artist, Arts and Crafts, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous artists, Famous battles, Historical articles, History, Leisure, Literature, Politics, Royalty, War on Wednesday, 25 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Horace reciting his odes before Augustus and Maecenas.

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Horace reciting his odes before Augustus and Maecenas

The second picture shows Benvenuto Cellini presenting his salt cellar to King Francis I of France.

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Benvenuto Cellini presenting his salt cellar to King Francis I of France

The third picture shows the Battle of Villersexel, 1871.

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Battle of Villersexel

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 50

Posted in Africa, America, Art, Artist, Best pictures, British Countryside, Educational card, Famous artists, Historical articles, History, Law, Music, Royalty, Transport, Travel, Weapons on Tuesday, 24 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Holbein showing Henry VIII sketches for his Dance of Death.

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Holbein showing Henry VIII sketches for his Dance of Death

The second picture shows a coach held up by Highwaymen.

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English 17th Century Coach Held Up by Highwaymen

The third picture shows a dandified black violinist.

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A black violinist

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

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Posted in Art, Artist, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous artists, Farming, Historical articles, History, Industry, Music, Plants, Trade on Tuesday, 24 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows the manufacturing of mirrors.

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Manufacturing mirrors

The second picture shows Salvador Rosa drawing studies of brigands.

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Salvador Rosa drawing studies of brigands

The third picture shows vineyard workers treading grapes.

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Treading grapes

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.

The best pictures from educational trade cards, 40

Posted in Ancient History, Architecture, Art, Artist, Best pictures, Educational card, Famous artists, Historical articles, History, Transport, Travel, War, Weapons on Tuesday, 24 November 2015

We have selected three of the best pictures from our large collection of 19th and early 20th century educational trade cards.
The first picture shows Roman soldiers forming a ‘tortoise’ to attack a city.

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Roman soldiers forming a 'tortoise' to attack a city

The second picture shows a Gypsy caravan.

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Gypsy caravan

The third picture shows Paolo Veronese arriving in Venice in 1553.

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Paolo Veronese arriving in Venice, 1553

High-resolution scans of all educational cards can be found in the Look and Learn picture library.