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Eileen Alice Soper (26 March 1905 – 18 March 1990) was an etcher and illustrator of children’s and wildlife 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. Read More
Eileen Soper was born in 1905 in Enfield and moved to the house that 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, and 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.
Eileen 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 USA.
Today Eileen Soper is best known for her collaboration with Enid Blyton, most notably all of the Famous Five books.
Eileen Soper also published her own children’s books in the 1940s, a book of poetry and from the 1950s on worked mostly on her wildlife illustrations of British wildlife around her house in Welwyn.