This is a really sweet etching showing a young boy being comforted by his little terrier doggie.
He has been left at home by a group of older children who are away out to play - and the wee boy is too young to join them and has been left behind. The group is seen disappearing into the distance. Feeling a little hard done by - the boy huddles against the wall of his house and starts to cry.
The little doggie gives comfort and jumps up and down looking for attention - he barks and says: Never mind... come play with me - you can be my special friend?
Awe, how many times have we experienced our own sad moments - and been comforted by our own wee faithful friends and made to feel that everything is going to be alright.
The etching is by Eileen Soper - who was famed for these delicate etchings showing scenes from childhood.
Soper was an etcher and illustrator of children's and wildlife books. She produced a series of charming etchings mainly of children playing and illustrated books for other writers, most notably for Enid Blyton on the Famous Five Books.
Some of her illustrations of children and animals were used in a china series for children by Paragon China in the 1930s.
Her father was the celebrated printmaker George Soper - please see my other works by him in my Iconic Edinburgh online store.
This fine print by Eileen Soper signed in the lower margin in pencil, as photographed. It dates to the 1920s.
The image measures: 11.5 x 17.5 cm. The frame size is 32.5 x 37.5 cm
This antique print is in nice clean condition - and comes with a fine gold gilt frame. All ready to hang straight on your wall.
A fair asking price for a harder-to-find work by this popular artist.
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