Property of a Lady
EDWARD SEAGO, R.W.S.
An East Coast Estuary
signed l.l.: Edward Seago
oil on canvas
51 by 76cm., 20 by 30in.
The board is flat and providing a stable structural support. The paint surface is a little dirty and the picture may benefit from a light clean.
UNDER ULTRAVIOLET LIGHT
There are areas of retouching in the sky and a small area of retouching above the cimney of the house on the left with other smaller retouchings to the riverbank on the left and to the horizon on the left.
The picture is contained in a simple wooden and gilt frame.
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Marlborough Gallery, London;
"There is a certain grandeur in the wide stretches of East Anglia, and a strange subtlety of constant change, which has inspired some of the greatest English landscapes... In the happy painting ground of Cotman, Crome and Constable, I am making no more than a modest attempt at following the traditions of the English school, which they endowed with such brilliance and harmony." (Edward Seago, Peace in War, 1943, p.11)
Born in Norwich, the East Anglian landscape was for Seago - like his celebrated English forebears - a major source of artistic inspiration. His depiction of windswept marshes, estuaries, isolated farmsteads and silver expanses of sea cast under a sky of fleeting clouds, as seen in the present work, established his reputation as one of the finest English landscape painters of the 20th century.