Gwendoline Hopton - 1866 - 1913
Gwendoline Margaret Hopton was born in 1866 and she joined the St Ives artists colony some time between 1901 and 1910. Little is known about her life, but research carried out by the Art Prices Review in the 1990s discovered that she was the daughter of Captain Charles E. Hopton of the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers.
She started exhibiting from 1897 and showed works at the Royal Academy, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, the Royal Miniature Society and the Royal Society of Artists, Birmingham. She also held a solo show at the Walkers Gallery in London.
Her promising career was cut tragically short when, on 14th July 1913, whilst cycling at Beckford (near Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire), she collided with a carriage and sustained a fractured skull, from which she died.