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George Soper RE (1870-1942)

George Soper, RE (1870-1942)

While beginning his career as an illustrator at the turn of the twentieth century, George Soper established a reputation as a painter and, especially, a printmaker of a wide range of rural subjects. In turn, his daughter, Eileen, was influenced by his skills and sympathies from an early age.

The son of a horticultural sundriesman, George Soper was born on 2 May 1870 in South Hornsey, Middlesex and educated at a boarding school in Ramsgate. Resident in Stoke Newington from 1885, he became an apprentice to printer and stationer, George Sydney Waterlow, and worked alongside Charles Robinson. After a period of two years in the 20th Middlesex Artists’ Volunteers (1894-6), he began work as a periodical illustrator with contributions to Robinson’s Golden Sunbeams. After his marriage in 1897, he and his family moved first to Enfield and then to Harmer Green, near Welwyn in Hertfordshire, where he built the house that was later known as Wildings.

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