Visitors will have the opportunity to view an exhibition of the works of celebrated Norfolk-born landscape painter, Edward Seago, at Sandringham House this season.
The annual exhibition, Edward Seago at Sandringham, will feature paintings collected by several members of the Royal family, along with a collection of previously unseen sketches by the artist.
Other highlights will include landscapes painted during the 1956-57 voyage in the Royal Yacht Britannia, when Seago was invited to accompany the Duke of Edinburgh. And several paintings with a distinct Norfolk theme and views of Sandringham, where Seago was a frequent guest of the Queen Mother over many years.
Helen Walch, public enterprises manager for the Sandringham Estate, said: “The paintings in this exhibition are drawn from the works of Edward Seago, which normally hang in Sandringham House, paintings given to members of the Royal family over several decades.
“At the heart of the exhibition are paintings selected from the many works Seago created during his 1956 voyage, including a pair of portraits – one by Seago of the Duke of Edinburgh and one by the Duke of Seago.”
Seago was born in Norwich and although he travelled extensively throughout his life, his home was always in Norfolk and the landscapes, coasts and skies of Norfolk form a major part of his work.
Helen said: “Seago painted Norfolk landscapes all his life, so it is appropriate that most of the remaining pictures have a strong Norfolk connection, but there are also other landscapes and two equestrian subjects.”
During the selection process for the exhibition, Sandringham staff were excited to discover a small portfolio of cartoons and sketches made by Seago during his visits to Sandringham.
Helen said: “His knack of creating caricatures from signatures was clearly in demand, as shown by the number of examples in the portfolio, all on Sandringham writing paper and providing a Who’s Who of the King and Queen’s guests.
“Also in the portfolio are some charming drawings and sketches which may be preparatory drawings, or might have been done either to show others guests what he was working on at the time. Or they may have been simply to impress – the steeplechase sketches in particular convey the speed and excitement of racing in just a few pen strokes.”
The Ballroom exhibition is open from tomorrow until Sunday, November 2. Entry is included in the admission fee to the house.