Château Gaillard

by Edward Brian Seago


DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 16 x 24 in. / 40.6 x 61 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed ‘Edward Seago’ (lower left); titled (verso)
MEDIUM: Oil on board



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    This is a landscape painting of what remains of the medieval Château Gaillard, sat proudly atop a lush green hill as it overlooks the River Seine. The sky is populated with clouds which reflect in the perfectly static waters of the river. Château Gaillard is a medieval castle ruin overlooking the River Seine. Built in the 12th century under Richard the Lionheart, it was considered a triumph of military architecture.

    Edward Seago was a celebrated painter of landscapes, seascapes and flowers. He was also an accomplished watercolourist and is often considered to be one of the leading British Post Impressionists. Although largely self-taught, Seago did receive some training from Bertram Priestman RA and also undertook evening classes at the Norwich School of Fine Art.

    He was a member of the Royal Society of British Artists from 1946, and of the Royal Watercolours Society from 1959. He exhibited in London, Glasgow, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Oslo and Brussels.

    (with) Marlborough Gallery, London
    Private Collection, United States

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    Edward Seago was an English artist known for both his watercolours and oil paintings of beachscapes and street scenes. Working in a late Impressionistic style reminiscent of John Singer Sargent, Seago’s work is characterised by its carefully observed colour modulation and grounded sense of realism. Born on March 31, 1910, in Norwich, England, he went on to briefly study with the painter Sir Alfred Munnings, but was largely self-taught. During World War II, Seago was enlisted by the Royal Engineers to develop camouflage, as though he was unfit physically for serving as a soldier, his artistic talent offered other opportunities to aid in the war effort. The artist’s work was notably collected by Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Prince Philip, and other members of British royalty. Today, Seago’s paintings are found in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the Royal Collection in London, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. He died on January 19, 1974 in London, England


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