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Arthur Hopkins RWS RBC (1847-1930)

Arthur Hopkins, RWS RBC (1847-1930)

Arthur Hopkins worked with equal success as an illustrator and painter. Establishing his reputation through contributions to literary and news magazines in the 1870s, he gradually developed as a watercolourist of landscapes and genre scenes that, in their sensitivity, have been compared to the work of Helen Allingham.

Arthur Hopkins was born at Chestnut House, 87 The Grove, Stratford, Essex, on 30 December 1847, the third of nine children of Manley Hopkins, a marine insurance agent. His siblings included the poet, Gerard Manley Hopkins, and the illustrators, Everard and Edward Hopkins. In 1852, the family moved to 9 Oak Hill Park, Frognal, Hampstead, and four years later, Mr Hopkins became Consul-General for Hawaii in London, a position that he retained for over 40 years.

Arthur Hopkins was educated at Lancing College, Sussex, between 1860 and 1865, and revealed his talent for drawing during these years, and especially on family holidays, when he sketched alongside his brother, Gerard. However, he worked for some years in the City of London before turning to art, and seems to have made a gradual transition from one career to the other.

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