Edward Seago (1910-1974)

Edward Brian Seago, an English artist who painted in both oils and watercolours.  The son of a coal merchant, born in Norwich and attended Norwich School.  At fourteen, he won an award from the Royal Drawing Society, and from then on knew what he wanted to do in spite of his parents’ initial disapproval. At the age of eighteen, Seago joined Bevin’s Travelling Show and subsequently toured with circuses in Britain and throughout Europe.  Seago was a self-taught artist, (although he received advice from Sir Alfred Munnings and Bernard Priestman), and enjoyed a wide range of admirers from the British Royal family. His works have been classified as either Impressionist or Post-Impressionist and included landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, street scenes, his garden and portraits.

Seago died of a brain tumour in London on 19 January 1974. In his will he requested that one third of his paintings currently in his Norwich studio were to be destroyed. There remain about 19,000 water colours and 300 oil paintings worldwide. A major retrospective of his work was held in autumn 2008 in London.  An Edward Seago Exhibition was also held at the Portland Gallery, which represents Seago’s estate, in June and July 2012. Another exhibition was mounted in June and July 2014