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Sophia Rosamund Praeger

Also Known As: "Rosamund Praeger"
Birthplace: Holywood, North Down, UK
Death: Died in Craigavon, UK
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Emilius Praeger and Maria Ferrar Patterson
Sister of William Emilius Praeger; Robert Lloyd Praeger; Hendrich John Praeger; Egmont Apjohn Praeger and Owen Maurice Praeger

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About Sophia Rosamund Praeger

Sophia Rosamund Praeger

Sophia Rosamond Praeger, Order of the British Empire|MBE, HRHA, Master of Arts (postgraduate)|MA (1867 - 1954) was an Irish artist, sculptor and writer.

Born in Holywood, County Down, Ireland, she was educated at Sullivan Upper School, the Belfast School of Art and the Slade School of Art in London. She was the younger sister of the naturalist Robert Lloyd Praeger. She also studied art in Paris. She wrote and illustrated children's books, but is best known for her sculptures. Her sculptures:

  • "The Philosopher" (which was shown at the Royal Academy) is now in Colorado Springs, Colorado
  • "Johnny The Jig" is in Holywood (between the maypole and the Priory)
  • "Fionnuala the Daughter of Lir" is at the Causeway School, near Bushmills

She also modelled figures for such diverse bodies as the Northern Bank, the Carnegie Library on the Falls Road (Belfast)|Falls Road (Belfast) and at St Anne's Church of Ireland Cathedral (Belfast). She was President of the Ulster Academy. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Ulster Museum and the NGI.


She received an honorary MA from Queen's University in 1927, and in 1939 was awarded the Order of the British Empire|MBE.

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Sophia Rosamund Praeger's Timeline

April 17, 1867
Holywood, North Down, UK
April 16, 1954
Age 86
Craigavon, UK