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Lot 7: EDWARD SEAGO, (BRITISH 1910-1974), "THE JOHN BISCOE IN PACK ICE"
December 15, 2016
Philadelphia, PA, USALive Auction
"THE JOHN BISCOE IN PACK ICE"
Signed ''Edward Seago'' bottom left; also inscribed ''Edward Seago/The Dutch House/Ludham, Norfolk'' on partial label verso, oil on canvas
26 x 36 in. (66 x 91.4cm)
Richard Green, London.
The Estate of Andre and Nancy Brewster, Maryland.
The present painting depicts a view from aboard the Royal Research Ship John Biscoe, which was a supply and research vessel used by the British Antarctic Survey. Its namesake was the British explorer and mariner John Biscoe (1794-1843), who among his many explorations circumnavigated the Antarctic from 1830 to 1833. It is mentioned by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in the foreword of the book, Her Home The Antarctic: The Royal Research Ship John Biscoe, that Edward Seago was among the Duke''s guests aboard the ship in 1956. Seago was described as being a ''compulsive painter,'' having painted many scenes both inside and looking out from the ship, including one of the vessel in its icy surroundings which was given to hang in the wardroom upon his departure.
The unlined canvas in excellent original condition - there is no restoration under u.v. light. There is a small area of missing paint at lower center in sky measuring approx. (at largest) 3/4 x 3/8 of one inch. There are a few very slight vertical craquelure lines near center of canvas
Frame: 33 1/2 x 43 1/2 x 2 1/4 in.
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