About the Artists Database

The NIVAL Artists Database has been compiled in order to improve public access to the Library's extensive information files on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists.  These files contain exhibition catalogues, newspaper cuttings and ephemera on over 3,500 artists born or based in Ireland.

The Artists Database is a reference resource providing basic biographical and work details on each artist abstracted from the information contained in the hard copy files held in the Library.  It is important to realise that the records are a summary of the information held in each artist's file.  A visit to NIVAL is recommended to researchers seeking a comprehensive view of the actual files.

Although we have endeavoured to ensure the information is correct, it is inevitable, given the diverse sources of information, that some inaccuracies may occur.  Changes and updates are made on an ongoing basis and the Library welcomes suggestions, criticism, and donations of relevant material.

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  • Reference Code:IE/NIVAL AR/3216
  • First Name: Sophia Rosamond
  • Last Name: Praeger
  • Gender: Female
  • Date of Birth: 1867
  • Date of Death: 1954
  • Place of Birth: Co. Down
  • Nationality: Irish
  • Area Of Practice:
    • Sculpture
    • Painting
  • Artwork Type Technique:
    • Illustration
    • Drawings
    • Watercolour
    • Stone
  • Abstract/Figurative: Abstract
  • Genre:
    • Portrait / Still Life / Landscape
  • Represented By: Not Specified
  • Public Art: No
  • Size: 20+
  • Manuscript Material: Yes
  • Physical Location: Artist Files Collection
  • Public Collection:
    • Other


1888 Slade School of Art, London.


Praeger was a sculptor, illustrator, author and poet. She studied at the Slade School of Art from 1888 1892 and won numerous awards and prizes. After a short period of time in Paris, she returned to live in her hometown of Holywood, Co. Down. Here, she was a member of the Belfast Naturalists' Field Club. In 1896 she wrote and illustrated her first book 'A Visit to Babyland'. In her lifetime she wrote and illustrated over twenty-five children's books. As well as books, Praeger also worked on illustrations for The Irish Homestead, Gaelic League pageants and designs for the Irish Women's Suffrage Federation. Praeger's work as a sculptor falls into four categories: architectural decoration, for churches, schools, hospitals and private houses. Her work played a significant role in the late Victorian and early twentieth century Irish Art World. She first exhibited at the Belfast Ramblers' Sketching Club in 1888 and contributed at least ten pieces up to 1895. An annual contributor to the Belfast Art Society, she also served as a committee member in 1901 and acting Vice-President in 1902, 1903 and 1906. A founder member of the Ulster Academy of Arts, Praeger held two important joint exhibitions with Wilhelmina Geddes and Hans Iten. Her conferred honours included an Honorary Academician of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1927, an MA from Queen's University in 1938 and an MBE in 1939. In 1947 she published a collection of poems entitled 'Old fashioned Versus and Sketches.' File contains copies of publications on the artist and some images of the artist work.