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When he was 18 Seago joined a travelling circus and this provided the inspiration for much of his early work. In the following few years he wrote several books, the first being Circus Company (1933) and then Sons of Sawdust (1934). In 1936 he illustrated John Masefield's The Country Scene. Two further books resulted from his collaboration with Masefield, Tribute to Ballet (1937) and A Generation Risen (1942). In World War Two Seago spent time in Italy with the Royal Engineers and published Peace in War (1943), High Endeavour (1944) and With The Allied Armies in Italy (1945). His autobiography A Canvas to Cover followed in 1947. Seago was a member of The Royal Society of British Artists from 1946, and The Royal Watercolour Society from 1959. He exhibited in London, New York, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Oslo and Brussels. Seago is the archetypal painter of the Norfolk landscape. His impressionistic paintings shimmer with light with influences of Turner, Constable and Boudin.
In his later years he purchased an apartment in Sardinia and died in 1974 of a brain tumour aged 64.