Working from the Curtis estate, dubbed “Sharksmouth,” Hopkinson painted by the ocean, dabbling with watercolors for his own pleasure and gifting them to friends and family. These personal experimentations depicting Dana Island and the bluff of Manchester occupied more of his time each year until Hopkinson began to publicly exhibit them in the mid 1920’s with a group of Boston watercolorists. Following the death of his wife in 1940, Hopkinson entered a new phase of his art, dropping portraits almost entirely in favor of his land and seascapes in watercolor.
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By descent through the artist’s family