The fresh and energetic paintings by Edward Seago represent some of Britain’s finest examples of Impressionism from the twentieth Century. Born in Norwich on 31st March 1910, Seago was the son of a local coal merchant. At a young age he painted as he was often confined at home with a heart condition. He joined the Royal Drawing Society and during his studies won an award at the age of 14. The artist was often considered self-taught, but he did take instruction from Royal Academician Bertram Priestman (1868-1951).
Edward Seago was involved in the publication of many books throughout his career. In 1934 he published a book entitled Sons of Sawdust which told of circus life in the West of Ireland. Forty-two of his paintings were used to illustrate a collection of poems by John Masefield in 1936, as well as in 1937 and 1942. Seago also wrote books related to the World Wars, and an autobiography entitled A Canvas to Cover in 1947.
Seago’s work was famed to attract crowds; in 1945 a show of his work at Colnaghi’s resulted in queues outside the door! During the Second World War Seago served with the Royal Engineers and often painted in Italy with Field-Marshall Lord Alexander. These war pictures were exhibited in 1946 at the Norwich and Bristol Municipal Galleries. The artist’s work has been shown around the world and his inventive use of oils and watercolours is instantly recognizable.