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Eileen Soper RMS SWLA (1905-1990)


Eileen Alice Soper, RMS SWLA (1905-1990)

The work of Eileen Soper – like that of her father, George – comprises some of the most popular strands of British art in the twentieth century. She placed emphasis on subjects that have diverted and delighted a large percentage of the population, and presented them directly and precisely. In working extensively as a printmaker and illustrator, she ensured wide dissemination of her images through exhibition and publication.

Eileen Soper was born at ‘Reddaford’, Slades Hill, Enfield, on 26 March 1905, the younger daughter of the artist, George Soper, and his wife, Ada (née Lehany). In 1908, George moved his family out of London to Harmer Green, near Welwyn, in Hertfordshire. There he helped design a new home, at 42 Harmers Green Lane, which he originally called ‘Hill Lodge’.

Like her elder sister, Eva, Eileen was educated at Olive Downing’s School in Knebworth and at Hitchin Girls’ School.

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