SEAGO, Edward [Ted] Brian

1910 - 1974

Ted Seago

Born at 13 Christchurch Road, Norwich on 31 March 1910, son of Lowestoft born Francis Brian Seago, a coal merchant's manager, and his wife, Beccles born Mabel Reeve née Woodroffe, who married at Norwich in 1905. Substantially a self-taught artist although at the age of 14 he won an award from the Royal Drawing Society and received encouragement from both Sir Alfred Munnings [q/v/] and Bernard Priestman [q.v.]. At the age of eighteen, Seago joined Bevin's Travelling Show and subsequently toured with circuses in Britain and throughout Europe. Heart problems, identified at the age of seven, dogged him all of his life and he had to resort to subterfuge to join the army at the outbreak of the Second World War. He was commissioned as a Major in the Royal Engineers and advised on camouflage techniques for Field Marshal Auchinleck, with whom he had a lifelong friendship. He painted in both oils and watercolours and his works have been classified as either Impressionist or Post-Impressionist and included landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, street scenes, his garden and portraits. The Queen Mother bought so many that eventually the artist gave her two each year, on her birthday and at Christmas and Prince Philip invited him on a tour of the Antarctic in 1956, and his subsequent paintings, considered to be among his best, hang at Balmoral. Seago died of a brain tumour in London on 19 January 1974. In his will he requested that one third of his paintings from his estate were to be destroyed but there remain about 19,000 water colours and 300 oil paintings worldwide. He was a member and exhibitor at the Ipswich Art Club from 1927 and on the death of Anna Airy [q.v.] elected president of the Club, a position that he held until his death and exhibited from c/o Wroxham Art Gallery, Norfolk in 1927 four works 'Marsh Gate', 'The Rain-cloud', 'Dusk' and 'A High Tide, Walberswick' and was a regular exhibitor and, at the Centenary Exhibition in 1974, his watercolour 'The Granneries' and oil 'Cliffe at Dieppe' were on display he was also a member and exhibitor at the Norfolk & Norwich Art Circle 1926-1932, from Brooke, Norfolk.





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