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The Squall, Hong Kong Harbour

Edward Seago (1910-1974)


Inscribed with title on reverse

Oil on board

20 x 30 inches

'A Century of British Art: 1945-2010', Chris Beetles Gallery, London, October-November 2021, no 321

The Squall, Hong Kong Harbour
In 1962, Edward Seago accepted an invitation from the Far Eastern trading house, John Swire and Sons Ltd, to go out to Hong Kong to produce five paintings for its new boardroom, in exchange for transport and accommodation. He painted the five paintings, each measuring 24 × 36 inches, in less than three weeks, and they were very well received by John Kidstone Swire and his fellow Directors, and by their families and friends. As a result, he stayed on in Hong Kong for three months to paint about 90 oils and watercolours, about three-quarters of which he sold to this appreciative audience, and many of which still remain in collections in Hong Kong. Contrary to his usual practice of painting en plein air, Seago found that the inquisitive nature of the native population necessitated that he make sketchbook drawings on site, and then work them up into paintings in the studio.

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