Seago's paintings are fit for Royalty at Bonhams' British art sale


A stunning collection of paintings by Edward Seago, one of the Royal Family's favourite British artists, will be offered in the 20th Century British Art sale on Wednesday June 29 at Bonhams.

Seago was largely a self-taught artist whose varied work spanned landscapes, seascapes, skyscapes, street scenes, gardens and portraits. He was an interesting character, whose unquestionable natural ability won him an award at the young age of 14 from the Royal Drawing Society.


Edward Seago's Champs Elysees is wonderfully detailed and tranquil

Due to his innovative interpretation of his subjects, Seago became increasingly popular, particularly with the Queen Mother. She bought so many of his paintings that eventually Seago, who died in 1974, gave her two a year, one on her birthday and the other at Christmas.

Prince Philip also became an admirer of Seago's work and invited him on a tour of Antarctica in 1954. Thirty-six works by the artist are currently in the Royal Collection.


It's impossible not to be taken in by this $48,000 estimated artwork

Seven paintings by Seago will be offered by Bonhams, including a striking urban scene entitled Corner of the Champs Elysées that is estimated to sell for £30,000 - 50,000 ($48,000-80,000).

Other works, ranging from £6,000 - 30,000 ($9,600-48,000) include a Suffolk seascape called The Beach at Kessingland, which is estimated to sell for £20,000 - 30,000 ($32,000-48,000) and has never been seen at an auction before. His works are of such high quality that it's easy to get captivated by them, and they would make a perfect investment for any art collector.


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