THE HOPTON PORTRAITS: EDWARD MICHAEL HOPTON and GUY WILLIAM HOPTON

These paintings are usually listed on auction sites as being sold as a pair, but the information in auction catalogues is sometimes unclear about which portrait is which, one catalogue identifying the portrait of Edward as a girl.

Edward Michael Hopton (1884-1916), aged 5 or 6, and Guy William Hopton, aged 8 or 9 (1881-1915), were the sons of Lieutenant General Sir Edward Hopton KCB DL JP and Clare Ellen Trafford. Both sons died during the Great War, Edward of pneumonia while on service in Egypt and Guy in action on the Western Front.


PORTRAIT OF EDWARD MICHAEL HOPTON.

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Image: composited from www.artnet.com and www.findartinfo.com.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 597 x 900 mm (0.54 m²), Rosebery’s; 608 x 914 mm (0.56 m²); average 603 x 907 mm (0.55 m²).
  • History: signed and dated 1890; Christie’s, London, 12 Nov 1998, est. £1,800-2,500, pair sold for £2,990; Sotheby’s, Olympia, 21 Mar 2007, est. £2,000-£3,000, pair unsold; Rosebery’s, London, 11 Dec 2007, “Girl standing full length …” [error, a boy], pair sold for £1,500.
  • Location: unknown.

PORTRAIT OF GUY WILLIAM HOPTON.

guy-william-hopton-WM

Image: www.sothebys.com.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 597 x 900 mm (0.54 m²), Rosebery’s; 608 x 914 mm (0.56 m²); average 603 x 907 mm (0.55 m²).
  • History: signed and dated 1890; Christie’s, London, 12 Nov 1998, est. £1,800-2,500, pair sold for £2,990; Sotheby’s, Olympia, 21 Mar 2007, est. £2,000-£3,000, pair unsold; Rosebery’s, London, 11 Dec 2007, “… Boy standing three-quarter length,” pair sold for £1,500.
  • Location: unknown.

 

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