Lars Gustaf Sellstedt collection

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This record forms part of the Chicago’s Art-Related Archival Materials: A Terra Foundation Resource project funded by the Terra Foundation for American Art. For this project, the Archives surveyed archival repositories throughout the Chicago region to identify art-related materials contained in their holdings. While the Archives of American Art does not own any of the materials described herein, information about those materials and links to the original repositories have been included when available.

Descriptive Summary

18 letters, chiefly addressed to Lars Gustaf Sellstedt in his capacity as secretary of the Art Academy of Buffalo (N.Y.), pertaining to artworks to be lent for or returned from an exhibition. Writers include William P. W. Dana [?], Regis Gignoux, William M. Hart, John W. Casilear, Daniel Huntington, Erastus Dow Palmer, Albert Biertstadt, Sanford R. Gifford, Emanuel Leutze, Thomas Le Clear, Charles H. Miller[?], Wadsworth Thompson, William H. Beard, Jervis McEntee, J. G. Holland[?]. One letter written by Sellstedt to S. S. Rogers, Mar. 1, 1898, includes a clipping from the Chicago Tribune, Oct. 17, 1875, with a brief biographical sketch of Sellstedt.

Biographical Historical Note

The Buffalo Fine Arts Academy was founded in 1862 and is the predecessor of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. Lars Gustaf Sellstedt was born in Sweden, emigrated to the U.S. in the 1840s, and became a portrait, landscape, and marine painter. 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.