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Blickensderfer, William Jacob
Davenport, Adelaide Hutchings
Davenport, Harriet Grant Chesebrough
Dewing, Clark Leonard
Dewing, Hiram
Duffy, Edward
Gildemeister, Clara Parsons
Hanrahan, John T.
Hoit, Edward B.
Hoyt, Joseph Blachley
Jones, Cortland Mead
Lathrop, The Reverend Edward
Lockwood, Judge Charles Davenport
Machlett, Raymond R.
Palmer, Delos
Peters, The Reverend Cyril S.
Quintard, Elizabeth
Quintard, Mary “Polly”
Selleck, Charlotte Gregory
Selleck, George
Selleck, Harriet Banks
Selleck, James Weed
Selleck, Captain William
Studwell, Theodore
Towne, Frederick Tallmadge
Waterbury, Captain Marcus
Wilensky, Julius Morris


The Stamford Historical Society Presents

Best Face Forward
Portraits from the Society's Collection
April through September 2009

Harriet Banks Selleck (1807–1846)

Harriet Banks Selleck Pen and ink/watercolor wash
Artist unknown
Gift of Florence L. Selleck

Harriet Banks of Redding, Connecticut married George Selleck on November 28, 1825. They had six children, five of whom were born in Norwalk and the sixth in New York City in 1844.

Neither of their portraits are signed, but both were probably done in the early 1840s shortly before Harriet’s death from smallpox on January 4, 1846. A clue to this dating was made by art conservator, Alexander Kaplan, who pointed out that Harriet’s collar is painted with a brilliant china white watercolor, a pigment first introduced to the watercolor palette between 1840 and 1842. Harriet died in Williamsburg, New York and is buried there.

George Selleck
Captain William Selleck
Charlotte Gregory Selleck
James Weed Selleck

Image © Stamford Historical Society