SOPER, Eileen Alice

1905 - 1990

Eileen Soper

Born at Enfield, London on 26 March 1905, daughter of artist George Soper [q.v.] and his wife Ada née Lehany (4 May 1873-1956), who married at Hackney, London in 1897. She attended Hitchin Girls School and was artistically trained mostly by her father and displayed early promise as an artist with two of her etchings shown at the Royal Academy in London when she was just 15. An etcher and illustrator of children's and wildlife books producing a series of etchings mainly of children playing also illustrated books for other authors, notably Enid Blyton and Elizabeth Gould, and wrote and illustrated her own children's book. Some of her illustrations of children and animals were used in a china series for children by Paragon China in the 1930s. She exhibited at the Ipswich Fine Art Club in 1923, two etchings 'Playtime' and 'Marble'. In 1908 her parents built a house in Harmer Green, Welwyn, Hertfordshire which Eileen and sister Eva, also an artist, inherited and where they lived for the rest of their lives. In 1939 she was an artist living at Digswell, Welwyn with her parents and elder sister Eva Lilian (24 March 1901-1990). Later in life she concentrated on writing and illustrating wildlife books and was a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and elected a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers in 1972. She died at Welwyn on 18 March 1990, she was unmarried.

Works by This Artist