Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue
Henry Courtney Selous (1803-1890), Painter and lithographer
Selous and his brother the dramatist Angiolo Robson Selous were described by their nephew Edmund Selous as ‘out-of-the-canvas-stepping personalities, carrying with them atmosphere and aroma.’ 
His obituary in the Illustrated London News reads:
The well-known artist Mr. Henry Courtney Selous, who died in his eighty-eighth year, on Sept. 24, was one of an old Huguenot family, long settled in Jersey […] He was an indefatigable worker, continuing to paint up to the last year of his life, an excellent violoncello-player, and one of the first members of the Sacred Harmonic Society; a good architect, and a first-rate actor and Shakspearean reader. In his private character he was universally beloved and respected. 
Footnotesback to top
1) Uglow 2011. Alternative date of birth of 1811 given in Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon 1992–; and Benezit 2006.
2) See Selous’s journal while working for Burford and the Leicester Square Panorama; V&A, London, MSL5117-1979.
3) Millais 1918, p.3.
4) ILN, 11 Oct. 1890, p.254 (obits).
Referencesback to topAllgemeines Künstlerlexikon 1992–
Meissner, G., ed., Allgemeines Künstlerlexikon: die bildenden Künstler aller Zeiten und Völker, ongoing, Munich and Leipzig, 1992–.
Benezit, E., Dictionary of Artists (based on 4th ed. of French version), 14 vols, Paris, 2006.
Cronquist, C., ‘Henry Courtney Selous: A Panoramist’s Work Revealed by his Journal’, Apollo, July 1997, pp.36–40.
Houfe, S., The Dictionary of 19th-Century British Book Illustrators and Caricaturists, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1996 (rev. ed. of Houfe 1978).
Millais, J.G., Life of Frederick Courtenay Selous, D.S.O., London, 1918.
Wood, C., Victorian Painters, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 1995.
Uglow, N., ‘Selous, Henry Courtney (1803-1890)’, ODNB, Oxford, online ed., May 2011