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Eileen Soper. 1905-1990.

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Blowing Bubbles. 1924. Etching. Beetles 67. 4 1/2 x 7. A fine impression with plate tone. Printed on cream laid paper. Signed in pencil. Housed in a 10 3/4 x 12 3/4-inch brown wood frame with a silver lip. $500.

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The Children's Hour. c. 1924. Drypoint. Beetles 67. 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 (sheet 11 3/4 x 9 1/3). A fine impression with plate tone printed on cream laid paper. Signed and annotated 'Edition 75' in pencil. $400.

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Feeding the Chickens. 1922. Etching. Beetles 50. 4 1/2 x 5 3/8 (sheet 7 x 9). A fine impression with plate tone. Printed on cream laid paper with full margins. Signed in pencil. $400.

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Follow My Leader. c. 1923. Etching. Beetles 63. 4 1/2 x 6 3/4 . Printed on cream laid paper with full margins. Signed in pencil. Housed in a 10 3/4 x 12 3/4-inch brown wood frame with a silver lip. $500.

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The Photographer's Scottie. c. 1924. Etching. Beetles 172. 5 x 7 1/4 (sheet 8 1/2 x 12 1/8). A fine impression with plate tone. Printed on cream wove paper, on the full sheet with deckle edges. Signed in pencil. $400.

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Playtime. 1922. Etching. Beetles 40. 4 x 7. A fine impression with plate tone. Signed in pencil. Housed in a 10 3/4 x 12 3/4-inch brown wood frame with a silver lip. $550.

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Tug of War. 1923. Etching. Beetles 61. 4 x 7. A fine impression with plate tone on laid paper. Signed in pencil.Housed in a 15 x 12-inch silver frame with a gold lip and edge. $500.

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Eileen Alice Soper (Enfield, Middlesex, 26 March 1905 - 18 March 1990) was an etcher and illustrator of children's and wildlife books. Eileen Soper, born in 1905 was the second daughter of accomplished artist, George Soper (1870-1942), who was an engraver, etcher and illustrator. Taught by her father, George Soper, Eileen showed early promise as an artist. Two of her etchings were exhibited at the Royal Academy in London when she was 15. 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. Her work was popular and well received and shown in the UK and the USA.

Today Eileen Soper is best known for her collaboration with Enid Blyton, most notably all of the Famous Five books.She produced a series of etchings mainly of children playing and illustrated books for other writers, notably for 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. Later in life she concentrated on writing and illustrating wildlife books. She was a founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists (SWLA) and was elected a member of the Royal Society of Miniature Painters, Sculptors and Gravers (RMS) in 1972.

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