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HAPPY RABBIT. Original Painting. Together with a first edition of the published book. Stock code: 14215


Pen, ink and watercolour over pencil, on paper. Measuring 32 cms x 48cms. Mounted, framed and glazed. The original painting used to illustrate the front and rear covers, and dustwrapper of Eileen Soper's first book "Happy Rabbit". Together with a good example of the first edition book, the fragile binding firm bit chipped at the spine tips. The contents entirely complete and clean throughout. Lacking the rare dustwrapper.




The painting and entire book project was completed in 1945 but due to wartime paper shortages publication was delayed until 1947. Eileen Soper is perhaps best known for illustrating the Famous Five novels of Enid Blyton. Provenance: The Estate of George and Eileen Soper; Chris Beetles Gallery: The Art Of George and Eileen Soper 3rd - 30th June 1990; private UK collection. Illustrated: Eileen Soper - Happy Rabbit, published by Macmillan and Company 1947 (front and rear cover).