HOPKINS, Francis Powell

1830 - 1913

Major Shortspoon

Francis Powell Hopkins, was born at Cambridge and baptised at St Mary-the-Less, Cambridge on 1 July 1830, son of William Hopkins, of St John's College, Cambridge, and his wife, Caroline Frances née [?]. Francis married at Fareham, Hampshire in 1856, Rachel Elizabeth Bainbridge. Educated at Rugby School and in 1861, a 31 year old captain in the army, living at Water Street, St Mary, Pembrokeshire with his 32 year old wife Rachel Elizabeth, born Plymouth, Devon and their children, Rachel Augusta 3, born Isle of Wight, Francis Ellis 1 and newly born Emily Annie, both born at Pembroke. In 1891 a 61 year old 'retired major in the army' living at Nelson Road, Bideford, Devon with his 62 year old wife Rachel, children Francis and his family, and daughter Beatrice Katherine 25, born Winchester, Hampshire. By 1911, living at 'Dormi', Westward Ho, Devon with his 81 year old wife Rachel and one of their six children, 50 year old married daughter, Emily Wigan, born Pembrokeshire. Using the nom-des-plumes, Major S. Shortspoon, Major Shortspoon, Hopkins created hundreds of small watercolors in his lifetime, many of which were of golfing scenes. They are greatly in demand, as his works documented people, places, events and the manner of play prior to the advent of photography. The author of a book in 1893 'Fishing Experiences of half a Century' and, during his painting career, he also created four master oil paintings of some 21 inches by 44 inches of important documentary scenes with known important figures of the period. A member of the Ipswich Art Club 1903-1907. His wife died at Dormi, Westward Ho, Northam, Devon on 6 June 1912, aged 84 and Francis followed on 3 June 1913 and buried at Northam & Appledore, Devon on 6 June 1913, aged 82.

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