Penlee House Gallery & Museum, Penzance
The artistic heart of West Cornwall's history

Packing Fish, St Ives Harbour

Oil on canvas. The George Bednar Donation.

Gwendoline Hopton

1866 - 1913

Whereas Stanhope Forbes referred to the Newlyn School as a 'Brotherhood', the St Ives art colony of the same period was much more gender balanced and Gwendoline Hopton was one of many talented, though little known or recognised, women artists working in the town.



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 Walker’s 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.