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18th Nov 2016
Lot 1460 Dahlias and Zinnias by Edward Seago estimate 18000 20000

Nine paintings by Edward Seago are to go under the hammer in Aylsham next week, in one of the biggest sales of the leading Norfolk artist’s work in recent years.

Included in the sale, at Keys Fine Art Auctioneers, is a picture which is believed to have been commissioned from Seago by the actor Peter Cushing, best known for his many appearances in the Hammer horror films.

A still life entitled 'Dahlias and Zinnias', which also features a copy of the famous arts magazine Apollo, originally came from the personal collection of the actor, and since from the The Taylor Gallery in London, has a pre-sale estimate of £18,000-£20,000.

Other works in the sale, on Thursday 24th November, include ‘February – Norfolk’, a landscape painting with a pre-sale estimate of £14,000-£18,000; and ‘Early Morning Costa Emeralda’, which has a pre-sale estimate of £11,000-£13,000.

Also up for auction is a signed charcoal drawing by Seago of ‘Three poachers in a horse-drawn cart going along a road by moonlight’, which is included as an illustration in the Lilias Rider-Haggard book I walked by night.

“Edward Seago is the most sought-after of all the Norfolk artists, and his works always cause a stir whenever and wherever they come up for auction,” said Keys general manager and fine art manager Kevin Lines.

“To have nine works by Seago in one sale is very unusual, and it’s an indication that regional auction houses such as Keys are competing on a national stage with the big London auction houses.

“We are expecting much interest both in the room and from buyers around the world on the internet.”

The Seagos will go under the hammer as part of Keys’ three-day Fine Sale which takes place from Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 24th November; the pictures will be sold on the Thursday.

Viewing for the sale takes place at Keys Aylsham salerooms on Saturday 19th November from 9am-1pm; Monday 21st November from 9am-7.30pm; and from 8.30am on each day of the sale.  More details, and a full catalogue are available at www.keysauctions.co.uk.

Edward Seago

Norfolk artist Edward Seago was born in Norwich in 1910, the son of a coal merchant, and educated at Norwich School.  He went on to become one of the 20th century’s leading British artists, with many admirers including Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who owned many of his works.

A prolific artists, he produced around 300 oil paintings and over 19,000 watercolours, with subjects as diverse and landscapes and seascapes, still lifes, street scenes and portraits.

He died in 1974.