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Edward Seago RWS RBA (1910-1974)


Edward Seago, RWS RBA (1910-1974)

One of Britain’s best loved and most widely collected twentieth-century artists, Edward Seago painted fresh and vigorous oils and watercolours of a variety of subjects, including portraits and, especially, landscapes.

The son of a coal merchant, Edward Seago was born in Norwich, Norfolk on 31 January 1910. He was educated at Norwich Grammar School and South Lodge Preparatory School in Lowestoft, but childhood illness meant that his schooling was frequently broken. As a result, he spent much time painting scenes from his bedroom window. Though given little encouragement by his parents, he received advice on art from Alfred Munnings and some instruction from Bernard Priestman. At the age of 14, he won a special prize from the Royal Drawing Society.

About the age of 18, Seago joined Bevin’s Travelling Show, and subsequently spent much time touring with circuses across Europe.

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