William Hopkins was a portrait painter, copyist and perhaps a pupil of Sir William Beechey, copies of whose portraits he made. Hopkins's career has sunk into obscurity, but he appears to have been commissioned to paint the portraits of a number of people in the royal household. He exhibited 13 works at the Royal Academy between 1803 and 1811, during which time his address is given as Windsor Castle. Several of his sitters apparently lived in and around Windsor.
Lady Charlotte Finch (née Fermor) (1725-1813) Governess to the Children of King George III
Oil on canvas
height: 124.50 cm, width: 101.00 cm
Purchased from Colnaghi's, June 1957
bl: The Rt Honble Ly Charlotte Finch 1787
[Probably collection of the sitter at Burley House, Rutland; by descent to Major James Hanbury of Burley-on-the-hill near Oakham, Rutland;] collection of artist, collector, critic, Managing Director of the Grosvenor Gallery, founder of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers and the National Portrait Society Francis Garraway Howard (1874-1954); by whose executors sold through Christie’s, London, ‘Pictures by old masters, historical portraits and ancient and modern pictures and drawings’ sale, on 25 November 1955 (Lot 58), for £168.0.0, as by J. S. Copley; from which sale purchased by Colnaghi, London; from whom purchased by the Ministry of Works on 30 May 1957
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