• Sale 7470

    Exploration and Travel

    26 - 27 September 2007, London, King Street

  • Lot 381

    Edward Seago (1910-1974)

    Black Cape, Antartica

    Price Realised  

    Edward Seago (1910-1974)
    Black Cape, Antartica
    signed 'Edward Seago' (lower left), with inscription 'black cape antarctica.1956- In situ sketch of painting in Duke of Edinburgh's collection of 1956 World Tour-' on the reverse
    oil on board
    24 x 18in. (61 x 45.7cm.)


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    In 1956 H.R.H. Prince Philip invited Seago to accompany him on the return trip of a World Tour on Her Majesty's Yacht Britannia. Seago joined the yacht in Melbourne following the Olympic Games and travelled via the South Pacific, the Antarctic Peninsula, the Falkland Islands, South Georgia, the Atlantic Islands and on to Gibraltar.

    Seago gave the Antarctic paintings to Prince Philip at the end of the voyage but retained the reproduction rights so that he could recreate the scenes on his return. The present picture was one of the in situ sketches painted on board Britannia and was purchased from the daughter of a member of the Royal Household, who accompanied the Prince on the expedition.

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