1869 Born July 27 at 5 Phillips Place in Cambridge, Massachusetts,
to John Prentiss Hopkinson and Mary Elizabeth (Watson) Hopkinson.
Attends the Hopkinson School, established by his father, at 29 Chestnut
1881 Begins summering at his parents' home in Northeast Harbor,
Maine. His uncle and aunt, Harvard President and Mrs. Charles Eliot,
live close by.
1887 Graduates from the Hopkinson School.
1887 Enters Harvard College. Draws cartoons for the Harvard
1889 Spends the summer at Northeast Harbor under the tutelage
of a local landscape artist, Frederick W. Kost (1861-1923).
1890 First trip to Europe accompanied by close friends Arthur
Brooks and Henry Gardner Vaughn. The three tour England, Scotland,
Wales and Holland, and Hopkinson paints a number of small watercolors.
1891 Graduates from Harvard, June. Enters the Art Students'
League in New York City, fall. Enrolls in Preparatory Antique Class
under John H. Twachtman (1853-1902) and Life Class under H. Siddons
1892 First paintings exhibited at National Academy of Design:
Grand Bankers.and Beating to Sea in the Morning.
1893 Begins participation in Pennsylvania Academy of Fine
Arts Annual Exhibitions, almost every year through 1952. Marries
fellow art student Angelica Rathbone (1871-1940) of Albany, New
York. Newlyweds travel to Paris and attend the Atelier Julien.
Hopkinson studies under William-Adolphe Bougereau (1825-1905).
1895 Exhibits portrait
at Paris Salon of Angelica holding a monkey in her arms.
1896 Features four paintings in Champs-de-Mars Salon, Paris.
Hopkinson and Angelica agree to separate. Hopkinson buys a train
ticket to "whatever place [in France] is furthest from Paris,"
and joins the Guillaume Bellec
family in Roscoff, in the Finistere area of Brittany. Invited to
send three portraits to Annual International Exhibition at newly-opened
Carnegie Institute, Pittsburgh.
1897 Returns to Cambridge and lives with his parents at 22
Craigie Street. Develops painting technique and works on portraits
of family and friends. Begins long professional and personal association
with next door neighbor Denman W. Ross, a painter, teacher, art
critic and collector. Receives first commission: paints one-year-old
baby, Edward Estlyn
Cummings, later known as e e cummings [Massachusetts Historical
Society] . Elected member of the Society of American Artists, which
merges into the National Academy of Design in 1906.
1899 Divorce from Angelica is finalized.
1901 Travels to Europe and spends time in Spain visiting
the Prado, and in Holland studying the Dutch masters. Awarded Bronze
Medal at Pan-American Exposition, Buffalo.
1902 Winters in Roscoff, Finistere, France. Meets Elinor
Curtis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Greely S. Curtis of Boston and
1903 Marries Elinor at King's Chapel, Boston, March 3. Honeymoon
in Britain and Europe. Couple moves into "The Cabot" at
65 Mt. Vernon Street. Hopkinson maintains studio at 5 Park Street,
Boston (later owned by Boston painter Hermann Dudley Murphy).
1904 Daughter Harriot (Happy) born, January 17. First one-man
exhibition, at Park Street studio. Moves into newly-built Fenway
Studios, 30 Ipswich Street, Boston. Occupies studio #403. Awarded
Bronze Medal at St. Louis Exposition.
1905 Hopkinsons move into "Sharksmouth," a summer
house on the Greely Stevenson Curtis estate in Manchester, Massachusetts,
built for them by Mrs. Curtis.
1906 Daughter Mary (Maly) born, September 23. Winter at
1907 Daughter Isabella (Ibby) born, May 8.
1909 Paints first of six portraits of his uncle Charles William
Eliot (1834-1926), President of Harvard from 1869 to 1909 [Harvard
1910 Daughter Elinor (Elly) born, February 21.
1913 Exhibits one oil, Three
Little Girls (1911), and three watercolors at Armory Show, New
York City, February 17-March 15. Daughter Joan born, Apri1 2.
1915 Awarded Carol H. Beck Gold Medal at Pennsylvania Academy
of Fine Arts annual for portrait of daughter Harriot.
1916 John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) visits Sharksmouth during
stay in Boston to paint Public Library murals.
1917 Paints Barrett
Wendell (1855-1921), Professor of English at Harvard [Harvard
1919 Selected by National Art Committee to paint portraits
of Versailles Peace Conference participants, Paris. Paints five-time
I.C. Bratianu of Romania, Prince
Saionji Kimmochi of Japan, and Premier
Nicola Pashitch of Serbia.
1920 Begins twenty-year association with group of watercolorists
known as 'The Boston Five', along with Carl Cutler, Marion Monks
Chase, Charles Hovey Pepper and Harley Perkins.
1921 Versailles War Portraits premiere at Metropolitan Museum,
New York, January 17, then tour country coast-to-coast, stopping
in 26 other cities.
1922 First of many exhibits at Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington,
1923 War Portraits exhibition closes at the Baltimore Museum
of Art, June 3. Paints Family
Group featuring all seven Hopkinson family members [Museum of
Fine Arts, Boston] . Paints Charles Evans Hughes (1862-1930), Supreme
Court Chief Justice and Secretary of State [Brown University].
1924 Hopkinsons travel to Italy, residing at the Villa Mercedes
1926 Awarded Logan Medal at Sesquicentennial Exposition,
Philadelphia. Awarded Logan Medal at Chicago Institute of Art for
Family Group. Paints George Peabody Gardner (1888-1976), president
of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
1927 Helps found Boston Society of Independent Artists, an
organization for younger artists excluded from established galleries.
Paints John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (1874-1960).
1929 Paints George Eastman
(1854-1932), Eastman Kodak Company founder and president.
1930 Paints first of three portraits of Oliver
Wendell Holmes (1841-1935), Associate Justice of the Supreme
1933 Hopkinsons travel throughout Egypt. Hopkinson paints
ex-President Calvin Coolidge ! (1872-1933) [White House, Washington].
1935 Elected to National Institute of Arts and Letters. Twenty-one
of his Portraits of American Educators exhibited at Arden Gallery,
New York. 1936 Mr. & Mrs. Hopkinson travel to Banff and Lake
1939 Mrs. Hopkinson suffers a heart attack; to speed recovery,
she and Charles, accompanied by daughter Joan, spend most of the
winter in Bermuda.
1940 First of several short trips to Cornish, New Hampshire,
residing with landscape architect Arthur A. Shurcliff.
1941 Elected to American Academy of Arts and Letters. 1943
Meet the Artist exhibition of self-portraits at de Young Memorial
Museum, San Francisco.
1945 Nine watercolors and twenty oil portraits featured at
Vose Galleries, Boston, January 2 through 20. Proceeds from the
sale of watercolors given to War Charities.
1947 Mrs. Hopkinson suffers a fatal heart attack, November
1948 First of four annual trips to New Zealand to visit daughter
Harriot and her husband, Canadian High Commissioner to New Zealand
1950 Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 1953
Spends several weeks with daughter Harriot and her husband Alfred
in Kingston, Ontario.
1955 Elected to Harvard Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa.
1962 Charles Hopkinson dies at age 93, October 16, at Beverly
Hospital, Massachusetts. Memorial services at the Cambridge First