This is a really sweet etching showing a young girl stitching a little sampler.
She is shown sitting on a high bench with her little teddy bear to one side and her open sewing basket to the other. She is in deep concentration completing her embroidery. The words which can be read on her sampler - suggest that she is stitching the word's to "The Lord's Prayer".
The etching is by Eileen Soper - who was famed for her 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 is a lovely proof impression from the only edition which was published in 1922.
It was issued by HC Dickins and stamped with their blind stamp (as photographed) lower right.
The image measures: 12.5 x 10 cm.
The print is in excellent condition and has been mounted in a thin card mount by Dickins - so as originally issue back in the 1920s.
Generally in good condition - perhaps a little tiny bit of time tone of the edge of the original Dickins mount - but I would say just fine as is to hang straight onto your wall.
The frame is original to the print - with thin black wood moulding. The frame measures 39.5 x 29.5 cm.
A fair asking price for a harder-to-find work by this popular artist.