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Eileen Soper
The Tragedy

1922

$650

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An original signed etching on cream laid paper by English artist Eileen Alice Soper (1905-1990) titled "The Tragedy", 1922. Hand pencil signed by Soper lower right. Limited edition: 264. Likely printed by Eva Soper and published by H C Dickens, London, UK. Reference: "The Catalogue Raisonne of Prints and Etchings of George and Eileen Soper" - Beetles No. 31, page 111, 141, 155. Provenance: private collection - Boulder, CO. Sheet size: 9.13" x 5.5". Image size: 3.88" x 6". Remnants of previous mounting tape at right edges. In excellent condition. Eileen Soper was born in 1905 in the Municipal Borough of Enfield and moved to the house where she was to spend the rest of her life in Harmer Green, Welwyn in the Hertfordshire countryside in 1908. The house she later named "Wildings" was built by her father, the artist George Soper (illustrator) . Eileen and her older sister, the artist Eva, inherited the house after his death in 1942 and lived there for the rest of their lives. She attended Hitchin Girls School and was artistically trained mostly by her father. Soper showed early promise as an artist, and two of her etchings were shown in the Royal Academy in London at the age of 15 after she showed three prints at an exhibition organised by the International Society of Printmakers in California. She continued to produce around 180 etchings, mostly of children at play, into the early 1930s. Queen Mary bought two of her etchings, among them Flying Swings in 1924. Her work was popular and well received and shown in the UK and the US. Today Soper is best known for her collaboration with Enid Blyton, most notably all of the Famous Five books. Soper also published her own children's books in the 1940s, as well as a book of poetry. From the 1950s on, she worked mostly on her wildlife illustrations of British wildlife around her house in Welwyn. Soper and her sister Eva lived in Wildings until they fell ill at similar times, both dying in 1990.

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  • Creator
    Eileen Soper (1905 - 1990, British)
  • Creation Year
    1922
  • Dimensions
    Height: 9.13 in (23.2 cm)Width: 5.5 in (13.97 cm)
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Saint Augustine, FL
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU121210704722

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