Fundraising bid commences to house evocative artwork collection
HUNDREDS OF evocative artworks by artist George Soper (1870-1942), many depicting farming and rural life, as well as the working horse, could soon be housed in a purpose-built education centre and art gallery in Suffolk, along with works by his two daughters, Eva and Eileen, the latter an illustrator of Enid Blyton books.
However, the Soper Collection, a charitable trust, has to raise £600,000 by 20 November in order to secure the seven-acre site near Lavenham, which will require restoration and refurbishment.
A new art gallery and education centre on the site would allow the charity to exhibit 700 of the family’s works in rotation from the collection built up by Joy Baker and her late husband, John.
The Sopers were reclusive smallholders who lived at Wildings in rural Hertfordshire, which boasted four acres of land where they kept animals. In the pursuit of his art, George immersed himself in the daily work of agricultural labourers. The story of his art is that the land is wild and man struggles constantly to try and tame and cultivate it.
The online appeal can be found at www.thesopercollection.org/ donations-soper- collection/