Charles Hopkinson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, graduating from Harvard College and studied at the Art Students League in New York. He began studying artwork by copying old masters work in the Louvre on trips he made to Paris. In his earlier years as an artists, he was a prolific portrait painter, creating over 800 portraits of people such as Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover. For his own pleasure and relief of pressures of accommodating clients, he painted watercolor landscapes, such as Nausham Island. Even though he exhibited these landscapes and received high compliments of them, he was reluctant to sell and many of these remain in private family collections and less in the public spheres.
Gift of Isabella Halsted, 1989.30