From Forecastle to Academy. Sailor and Artist, Autobiography by

SELLSTEDT, Lars Gustaf.
Buffalo: Matthews-Northrup Works, 1904. Illustrated, frontispiece self portrait.
Quarto, brown cloth with pictorial label, lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Four worm holes on fore-edge, spine a bit rubbed, covers a bit soiled, inscription in ink on flyleaf .

Born in Sundsvall, Sweden, on April 30, 1819, Lars Gustaf Sellstedt was a portrait, landscape, and marine painter. 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, New York.
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 From Forecastle to Academy: Sailor and Artist and in 1910, Art in Buffalo. Sellstedt died on June 4, 1911 -OxfordGallery(dot)com.

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