HOPKINGS, Major Francis Powell

1830 - 1913

Major Shortspoon

Born at Cambridge and baptised at St Mary-the-Less, Cambridge on 1 July 1830, son of William Hopkings and his wife Caroline Frances née [?]. He married at Fareham, Hampshire in 1856, Rachel Elizabeth Bainbridge. In 1911, an 81 year old 'retired major in H.M. Army' living at 'Dormi', Westward Ho, Devon with his 81 year old wife Rachel and a 50 year old married daughter, Emily Wigan, born Pembrokeshire, one of their six children. 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 Bideford, Devon in 1912, aged 84 and Francis followed her in 1913, aged 82. He is often named as Hopkins.

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