Rare winter scene in Ludham up for sale
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A rare snow scene showing a Norfolk artist at his best is up for sale in London.
Ludham Church, Winter, is priced at £95,000 and is one of around 20 Edward Seago pictures being sold by the Portland Gallery with price tags ranging from £18,000 to £120,000.
Tom Turner of the gallery, which represents the Seago estate, said the painting of St Catherine's Church in Ludham - the village Seago called his home for more than 20 years - was especially lovely.
He said the large oil was 'particularly exciting' in that it depicted a snow scene of the church in the village he loved and lived in for so long.
'The cottages in the foreground overshadowed by the tree is a particular motif of his and this is a really lovely one. It is certainly one of the stars and an historically interesting picture and a lovely work when you see it up close.
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'He was particularly good at painting cottages, it is a very distinctive style of his and nice to see it included.
'He did not paint a huge amount of snow scenes and this is possibly the best one he did.'
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The paintings were among 50 that were recently exhibited in a show called Edward Seago: Master of Landscape.
It is not the first time that a Ludham picture by Seago has been put up for sale.
His oil painting, Winter Landscape, Ludham, sold for £198,000 at Sotheby's in London on May 2, 1990, and it remains the second most valuable Seago work sold at auction.
Norwich-born Edward Seago, known as Ted, lived and worked at The Dutch House, Ludham, until his death at the age of 63 in 1974.
His paintings are much admired and collected by the Royal Family.
The Queen Mother was a fan of his work and so, too, is the Prince of Wales.
In his foreword to Jean Goodman's book, Edward Seago: The Other Side of the Canvas, Prince Charles says: 'I have vivid and happy recollections of almost annual January
visits with my father to the Dutch House at Ludham, where the rather special atmosphere of the place – the cosy, paint-smelling, picture-crammed studio, the delicious food, the garden leading down to a branch of the Broads, Capricorn (Seago's boat) sitting invitingly on the water – was imprinted joyfully on my mind,never to be forgotten.'
Since Seago's death the value of his work has soared.
The current world record for a Seago painting is £318,850 the sum paid at Christie's in London in 2004 for his oil painting Derby Day.