Mechanicsburg in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
James Roy Hopkins
James R. Hopkins was born May 17, 1877, in Irwin and graduated from Mechanicsburg High School in 1895. As a child, he gained exposure to art through his mother, Nettie, an accomplished self-taught water colorist. Hopkins enrolled at The Ohio State University to study electrical engineering, but realized a strong desire to study art. In 1898, Hopkins entered the Art Institute of Cincinnati, studying under noted artist Frank Duveneck and acquiring the academic draftsmanship that is prevalent in his work. After two years, he moved to New York City to work as a medical illustrator. To hone his skills, Hopkins moved to Paris, enrolling in the Academy Colarossi and opening a studio at 55 Rue de Dantzig. Hopkins flourished in Paris, marrying Edna Boies, who he had met at the Cincinnati Art Institute, and establishing friendships with such French Impressionists as Pierre Renoir, Edgar Degas, and Claude Monet.
Erected 2005 by aign County Historical Society, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 23-11.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1771.
Location. 40° 4.279′ N, 83° 33.301′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 S Main Street, Mechanicsburg OH 43044, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Addison White (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); W.W. I Veterans Memorial (about 400 feet away); Second Baptist Church (about 400 feet away); Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Mechanicsburg (approx. 0.4 miles away); Mechanicsburg Veterans Memorial (approx. half a mile away); Maple Grove Spanish American War Memorial (approx. 0.8 miles away); Maple Grove World War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsburg.
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