The largest ever retrospective exhibition of the work of popular Modern British painter Edward Seago (1910-1974) will be held from September 8-19 at the Bond Street dealers Colnaghi, who represented the artist in his heyday.
Under the title The Artist's Artist, the exhibition
comprises some 50 works for sale at prices from approximately £5000
to £125,000, together with some on loan from The Duke of Edinburgh
and the Norwich Museum and Art gallery.
The show is put together by Jeremy Taylor of London's The Taylor
Gallery, an expert and specialist dealer in Seago, in collaboration
with Colnaghi, who were the artist's agents from 1946 to 1967 when
they hosted annual Seago exhibitions at their Old Bond Street
There will be a display of catalogues and press cuttings from
the Colnaghi archives.
Seago was an immensely popular painter in his day, both here and
in the United States. The Colnaghi exhibitions were so eagerly
awaited visitors queued outside through the night to be first
through the door and were limited to one painting per person. Many
of the works in this month's show were originally sold by Colnaghi
over 50 years ago.
A Norfolk man, Seago is perhaps best known for his East Anglian
scenes, but he painted atmospheric ceremonial scenes centred on
London, circus subjects and also numerous foreign locations.
Istanbul and Marrakesh were favourite spots and he famously
accompanied Prince Philip on a painting trip to Antarctica on the
Royal yacht Britannia.
Four of these Antarctica works owned by The Duke of Edinburgh
are on loan to the show.
Jeremy Taylor says: "Interest in Edward Seago has been
increasing and there has been a move to reassess him as an artist
who never received the critical acclaim he deserved, despite his
popularity and commercial success during his lifetime."
With the interest in Modern British art, prices for Seago have
been steadily increasing and this exhibition can only enhance
interest in the painter.
A documentary on Seago, his work, his friendship with the
British Royal family and this Colnaghi exhibition will be screened
on ITV Anglia on September 18.
Catalogues of the show are available at £10.
This is the second collaboration between Colnaghi and the Taylor
Gallery who jointly presented an Edward Seago exhibition
Atmosphere and Light in Bond Street in 2006.