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Memorial to Lieutenant Ernest G. Boas
© the copyright holder. Photo credit: South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust

Memorial to Lieutenant Ernest G. Boas c.1945

Sophia Rosamond Praeger (1867–1954)

South Eastern Health and Social Care Trust
Sculptor and illustrator, born and eventually settled in Holywood, County Down, Northern Ireland. She attended the School of Art in Belfast under George Trobridge and Slade School of Fine Art under Alphonse Legros, winning a silver medal for drawing. She illustrated a series of children’s books to help make a living, some written by her. Her most famous sculpture, The Philosopher, made her name when shown at RA in 1920; she gave a copy to Belfast Museum and Art Gallery and many others were sold worldwide. Praeger was an honorary member of RHA and a member and president of RUA. Also exhibited at Belfast Art Society and at Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool. In 1976 Holywood’s Business and Professional Women’s Club held a commemorative exhibition.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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