Edward Seago was born in Norwich in 1910. At the age of eight, Seago was diagnosed with a chronic heart condition and much of his childhood was spent confined to bed. Despite his health issues, Seago was determined to become an artist, however his ailments prevented an art school education. Largely self-taught, the young and eager artist sought advice from Sir Alfred Munnings and Bertram Priestman. Under their guidance he quickly developed his skill and technique, painting rapidly with expressive brushwork, a skill he developed into a virtuoso talent.