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Today we are happy to offer for sale a beautiful antique signed original Emily McGary Selinger oil painting! A bit of info about Emily Selinger (1848-1927):
Emily McGary Selinger was an American painter of still life and floral, author of travel writing and poetry, and an educator. Emily Harris McGary was born in Wilmington, North Carolina, February 22, 1848. Her parents were James and Elizabeth Otis Paine (Keller) McGary. She is a descendant on her father’s side of Flora McDonald. Her father, a planter, amassed a fortune in the East India trade. He died just before the American Civil War, and his family were stripped of the large fortune left them through the mismanagement of a relative and by the war. The mother took her three young daughters to Providence, Rhode Island, to educate them. Selinger was a precocious child, showing aptitude for anything in the line of music, art and language. She finished the high-school course in Providence, studied with private tutors, and ended with a course in the Cooper Institute School of Design in New York City. With art, she studied medicine, but decided not to attempt to practice in that field. At the age of nineteen, she taught in southern schools, acting as instructor in painting, drawing, elocution, botany, French and Latin for seven years in various institutions. While teaching in Louisville, Kentucky, she read a paper on “Art Education” before a gathering of five-hundred teachers, which resulted in the establishment of a normal art-school in that city, of which she was principal. Ill-health compelled her to go north, and she returned to Providence, where she opened a studio. In Providence, on October 9, 1882, she married Jean Paul Selinger (1850–1909), the artist. From 1882 to 1885, they traveled in Europe, studying in Italy, and while abroad Mrs. Selinger corresponded for the Boston Transcript. She became a student of flower-painting, and earned the title “Emily Selinger, the Rose Painter.” Returning to the United States, Mr. and Mrs. Selinger settled in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work was popular, and her rose pictures were found in notable collection in the United States. She was also a successful author.
This lovely and elegant oil on canvas painting is masterfully executed, with Selinger’s traditional style and technique. The painting depicts a beautiful blush pink rose still life with blue pansies. The painting features delicate and feminine colors and is expertly painted and vividly detailed. The oil is framed in an elegant ornate gilt wood frame, and is ready to be hung, admired, and enjoyed! Signed on the lower right “Emily Selinger”. Painting presents beautifully and is in very good antique condition, with very minor display wear and patina. Painting surface is clean and bright and free of any visible repairs. Frame is in very good condition, with minor wear/scuffing/tarnishing to gilding, and a few areas of loss to gesso and gilding. This is a great opportunity to own a gorgeous painting from a renowned artist. A wonderful and one-of-a-kind painting that will add elegance to any interior. A special piece for a special buyer!
Dimensions of framed artwork: 17-1/2″ in height, 22-1/2″ in length, 2-7/8″ in depth Dimensions of canvas: 15″ in length, 10″ in height
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