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Join us on our exciting journey to provide a permanent, public home for the works of the Soper family.
We aim for The Collection to be displayed permanently at the site we are able to locate.
We aspire to a situation where future generations can both enjoy and learn from the greatly varied work in The Collection.
In this way the wonderful and inspirational work of George, Eva and Eileen can form a part of Britain’s national art heritage.
The Collection features the works of George Soper and his daughters, Eva and Eileen. It represents the lifelong work and dedication of three extraordinary artists, committed to their craft and demonstrating incredible skill and meticulous observation.
These beautiful collected works document over 100 years of dedication to recording, with remarkable interpretation, the colours, life, atmosphere and movement of the British countryside and those who lived and worked in it.
Pieces include watercolours, etchings, pencil and ink sketches, illustrations, oil, ceramics and other media.
Two complete sets of Royal Worcester Porcelain Company bird figurines.
The Collection also includes a large range of memorabilia, which provides unique insight into the life and passions of the Soper family. As a very private and reclusive family, many of their works remained unseen until 1989 when Eileen and Eva were admitted to hospital. The family home ‘Wildings’ was, following Eva’s death, left to the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB).
The memorabilia contains photographs, artefacts, printed illustrations, letters and other papers. Some of George’s original wood blocks and engraved plates, Eva’s potter’s wheel and Eileen’s palettes and tools are just some of the items to be displayed in The Centre. They paint a picture of a bygone age of fastidiousness in honing a craft that would bring the artists international acclaim.
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