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Thomas Hopkinson

1746 Robert Feke Born: Oyster Bay, New York oil on canvas overall: 49 3/4 x 39 5/8 in. (126.5 x 100.5 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum George Buchanan Coale Collection 1926.6.2 Not currently on view


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Thomas Hopkinson wears a full-bottomed wig and a sword, and he stands before a balustrade and a grove of pruned cypresses. But these European props do not tell the whole story. Hopkinson was also an ambitious citizen of a new society interested in new discoveries. He studied law in England but carved out a career for himself in Philadelphia, where he attained the rank of judge and, when he was not in court, helped Benjamin Franklin in his experiments with electricity.

Exhibition Label, Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2006

Keywords

Figure(s) in exterior - rural

Occupation - other - aristocrat

Portrait male - Hopkinson, Thomas

painting

paint - oil

fabric - canvas

About Robert Feke

Born: Oyster Bay, New York