2 June 1995

GETTING A RURAL PICTURE

WORKHORSES and the rural scene were the specialities of artist George Soper (1870-1942) while wildlife was what most inspired his artist daughter Eileen (1905-1990).

Each is well known for their paintings: Eileens work includes large, stylish portraits of the 30s and 40s and George is best known for his oils, watercolours and etchings of closely observed farming and pastoral scenes.

Both were well known for their book illustrations too. Georges work in this field included illustrations for Grimms Fairy Tales (published in 1916) and Alice in Wonderland (1911) while Enid Blyton was one of the authors whose books Eileen illustrated. She produced the lively pen and ink illustrations for this authors Famous Five series.

The Art of George and Eileen Soper, an exhibition of more than 500 pieces of work, opens in London this weekend (Jun 3 & 4). It is being staged by Chris Beetles at 8 & 10 Ryder Street, St Jamess, SW1, and will run until June 30 (Inquiries: 0171-839 7551).