THE HOPTON PORTRAITS: EDWARD MICHAEL HOPTON and GUY WILLIAM HOPTON.

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 on service in Egypt and Guy in action on the Western Front. 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 site even identifying the portrait of Edward as a girl.

EDWARD MICHAEL HOPTON.

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

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 608 x 914 mm (0.56 m²).
  • History: “signed and dated ‘Annie L Swynnerton/1890’ (lower right)” … “‘Edw. Michael Hopton born Sept 16 1884/2nd son of Sir Edw & Lady Hopton/1890’ … (on the stretcher)“; auctioned Christie’s, London, 12 Nov 1988, fetching $2,758 (pair), 39% above estimate; Sotheby’s, Olympia, 21 Mar 2007, est. £2,000-£3,000, unsold.
  • Location: unknown.

GUY WILLIAM HOPTON.

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Image: www.sothebys.com.

  • Medium: oil on canvas.
  • Dimensions: 608 x 914 mm (0.56 m²).
  • History: “signed and dated ‘Annie L Swynnerton/1890’ (lower right) …inscribed ‘Guy William Hopton born Nov 1881/eldest son of Sir.. E & Lady Hopton/1890’ … (on the stretcher)“, “blue embroidered smock“; auctioned Christie’s, London, 12 Nov 1988, fetching $2,758 (pair), 39% above estimate; Sotheby’s, Olympia, 21 Mar 2007, est. £2,000-£3,000, unsold.
  • Location: unknown.


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