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 Emily Harris McGary Selinger  (1848 - 1927)



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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/California/North Carolina/Rhode Isla      Known for: floral still life, landscape, marine painting

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Still Life with Roses on a Ledge
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Wilmington, North Carolina, Emily Selinger moved to New England and attended school in Providence Rhode Island.  She studied at Cooper Union* Institute of Design in New York, in Florence, Italy with Amalia Rocchi, and in Holland with Margaret Roosenboom.

In 1882, she married Jean Paul Selinger, a well-known artist, and they toured Europe for three years, spending most of their time in Germany.  During that trip, she served as special correspondent for the Boston Evening Transcript.  She was a key person in founding the Normal Art School in Louisville, Kentucky. She and her husband spent summers in the White Mountains* of New Hampshire.

More information about this artist and her husband can be found at the New Hampshire Historical Society in Concord, New Hampshire.  The following article about the Selingers was published by New Hampshire Historical Society: "Jean Paul and Emily Selinger," by Charles and Gloria Vogel. HISTORICAL NEW HAMPSHIRE, summer 1979, pages 125 to 142 (Vol XXXIV).

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Born in Wilmington, NC on Feb. 22, 1848. Emily McGary studied at the Cooper Institute in NYC, in Italy with A. Rocchi, and in Holland with M. Roosenboom. She then was instrumental in establishing the Normal Art School in Louisville, KY. She married artist Jean P. Selinger in 1882 and went on a three-year honeymoon in Europe. A resident of Boston in 1910, she later moved to California and lived on the Monterey Peninsula. Mrs. Selinger moved to Providence, RI in 1923 and died there on July 19, 1927. As a painter, her forte was floral still lifes; she was also a writer and poet. Exh: Boston Art Club, 1885-1905; Boston Charitable Mechanics' Ass’n (medals).
Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
American Art Annual 1910; Boston Evening Transcript, 7-21-1927 (obituary).
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Biography from Roger King Fine Art, Q - Z:
Floral painter Emily Selinger was born in Wilmington, North Carolina and attended school in Providence, Rhode Island and at the Cooper Institute in New York. She studied in Florence, Italy with flower painter Amalia Rocchi and in Holland with Margaret Roosenboom.

An accomplished artist, she was also an author and poet.  She was instrumental in founding the Normal Art School in Louisville, Kentucky.  After her marriage to artist Jean Paul Selinger in 1892, the couple spent three years traveling in Europe.

During that time Emily Selinger was a correspondent for the Boston Evening Transcript. After her return to Boston, she established a studio at 711 Boylston Street, which eventually became a gathering place for artists, musicians, and performers.

Selinger exhibited at the Boston Art Club from 1885 to 1905 and at the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanics Association, where she was a silver-medal recipient.  From 1883 to 1909, she and her husband summered in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, but after his death in 1909, she moved to California's Monterey Peninsula. In 1923 she returned to Rhode Island, where she lived until her death in 1927.

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