Paul Daniel Ortlip was a well known landscape and portrait artist from Fort Lee, NJ. Born into an artistic family, he studied in NY and Paris. After serving in the military he became the participating artist for NASA, the official US Navy Artist and was first commissioned by the White House to paint portraits of the astronauts. Later, he also did a portrait of John F. Kennedy. His works are housed in the Smithsonian Institution's National Air and Space Museum and the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.
This lovely image of children at play by Eileen A. Soper measures 4 x 6 13/16 inches. Pencil signed on the lower right, created in 1923. Eileen Soper began etching as a young girl, and at age 16 exhibited her work at the Royal Academy in London. She specialized in scenes of children at play, which she depicted in beautifully loose, spontaneous drypoint lines. Later in life she illustrated several children's books, including 'The Fantastic Five'.