Edward Seago: The Other Side of the Canvas - Jean GoodmanLondon: Jarrold, 1990, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dust wrapper. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Black & white plates; Illustrated endpapers and blanks;
From the cover: “The story of Edward Seago, the man, is as compelling as that of Edward Seago, the landscape painter whose zest for life, courage and dedication to his art were phenomenal. His work enjoyed unparalleled popularity during his lifetime, despite a lack of critical acclaim, and today, sixteen years after his death, prices soar at auctions and one-man exhibitions.
Born in Norwich in 1910, the son of a coal merchant, a life-long heart complaint deprived him of a normal boyhood. Yet, eventually, he managed to disregard it to ride hard, fly, sail and involve himself in pre-war espionage.
After a little art tuition from an East Anglian artist, Bertram Priestman, he held his first one-man London exhibition at nineteen and, the following year, he had a painting selected for the Royal Academy.
He escaped from his repressed home-life to join a travelling circus where he formed his first deep friendship. It was with a young horseman whose tragic death made him the first of three young men Edward Seago would love and lose before he was thirty-five.
The world of ballet succeeded the circus for inspiration and his friends included the dancers Markova and Lifar. He also painted equestrian portraits which attracted Lord Melchett, his most significant patron. At Mel-chett’s lovely home he met many celebrities including Winston Churchill, H G Wells and Augustus John.
He wrote nine books and collaborated on three volumes of verse and pictures with the Poet Laureate, John Masefield.
On the outbreak of war he concealed his heart trouble to enlist and became a camouflage-officer and a friend and painting companion of his COs, the Generals Auchinleck and, later, Alexander. When the latter was appointed Allied Commander in Chief in Italy he smuggled Seago out of England in extraordinary circumstances, to be with him in the final stages of the campaign.
There he met King George VI which was the start of his life-long friendship with the Royal Family. In 1956 he accompanied Prince Philip on Britannia on a trip to Antarctica. The paintings he made there were in striking contrast to his pictures of America, the Continent and the Far East. Together with portraits of some of the personalities who became his friends, including the actors Noel Coward, Donald Sinden, Peter Gushing, Michael Denison and Dulcie Gray, they testify to the many facets of the life of a painter who lived life to the full but whose greatest passion was to paint the East Anglian landscape in all its moods.”