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Painter, printmaker, draughtsman, teacher and writer, born in Sheffield, Yorkshire. Studied at the College of Arts and Crafts there, 1932–6, then at Royal College of Art design school, gaining his diploma in 1939. Seddon then volunteered for the Army, but after active service – graphically described in his memoir A Hand Uplifted, 1963 – he was released to research history, psychology and aesthetic philosophy at University of Reading from 1943, gaining his doctorate in 1946. Seddon’s two main appointments were as director of Sheffield City Art Galleries, 1948–64, and of art history and complementary studies at Buckinghamshire College of Technology and Art, 1964–80. Among commissions undertaken were the design of decorations in 1952 for the main streets and buildings of Sheffield for the Queen’s coronation.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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