James Cartlidge, MP with supporters of The Soper Collection. Photo left to right: Julie Melinda-Stehling, Ralph Carpenter, Paul Heiney, Joy Baker, James Cartlidge, MP, Emily Cartlidge, Nicholas Pearson OBE, George Vestey, High Sheriff of Suffolk. Ambitious plans endorsed by the High Sheriff of Suffolk, George Vestey, and backed by Paul Heiney, to celebrate an exquisite family art collection dedicated to rural life and the working horse have been unveiled. The Soper Collection comprises more than 700 works of art by George Soper and his younger daughter Eileen as well as porcelain by his elder daughter Eva. Eileen was a famous illustrator for Enid Blyton, including all of the Famous Five books, while Eva’s porcelain designs achieved strong recognition. A fundraising appeal has now been launched to open up the collection to a wider audience through a purpose-built education centre and art gallery celebrating the family’s love of rural life and wildlife.......