Gwendoline Margaret HOPTON RMS
aka Gwendoline Mary or Gwendoline May

A recent correspondent (2013) writes about this artist:

'You might be interested to know that there is a rather beautiful and accomplished reredos in the Art Nouveaux style by her in the Parish Church at Kemerton, Gloucestershire. Her family owned a house there and she is buried in the churchyard.

She belonged to a large and wealthy land-owning family of soldiers, lawyers and clergymen of Herefordshire/ Gloucestershire, ultimately decimated by the 1st WW and early deaths. Perhaps an excess of Christian zeal didn't help - the late clergyman relatives lived to a good age but died without issue.

 Although Gwendoline's surname was Hopton this was because her great grandfather, William Parsons, changed his name to Hopton. This was his mother Deborah's maiden name. The Hoptons owned substantial estates that he inherited including a very grand house at Canon Frome.'

Gwen joined the St Ives artists' colony some time between 1901 and 1910. She was the daughter of Captain Charles Hopton of the 23rd Royal Welsh Fusiliers. 

Packing Fish, St Ives was included in the 2002 Group Show at Penlee House and remains in the Art Collection there. The artist died as a result of a cycling accident near Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire.


Painter in oils, miniaturist

works and access

Works include: St Ives HarbourPacking Fish, St Ives (c1910)

Access to work: Penlee House Gallery and Museum, Penzance (Gift of George Bednar, 1996); John Noott Galleries, Broadway, Worcestershire; Bridgeman Art Library


She exhibited widely between 1897-1913


RA (3)

RMS (9)

ROI (5)

Walker's Gallery, London (71)

Penlee House, Penzance (Group Show) 2002

Two Temple Place, London: 'Amongst Heroes - the artist in working Cornwall' Jan-Apr 2013


RMS 1897

misc further info



Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p331)

Johnson & Greutzner (1975) Dictionary of British Artists

Public Catalogue Foundation (PCF) Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership

Tovey (2009) St Ives: Social History