“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Mechanicsburg in Champaign County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)

James Roy Hopkins

James Roy Hopkins Marker (side A) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2008
1. James Roy Hopkins Marker (side A)
Inscription. Side A:
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.
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Side B:
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While in Paris, James Hopkins was accepted as an Associate in the Societe Nationale des Beaux making him one the period's few American figure painters considered talented enough to exhibit in the Salon's prestigious shows. With his wife Edna, a noted artist in the revival of the wood-block print, Hopkins traveled
James Roy Hopkins Marker (side B) image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2008
2. James Roy Hopkins Marker (side B)
to Egypt, Italy, China, Japan, and Ceylon, which greatly influenced the designs incorporated in his art. Upon return to the United States, Hopkins briefly taught at the Cincinnati Art Institute before being appointed chairman of the Department of Fine Arts at Ohio State University where he served in that capacity until 1947. Hopkins retired to the family farm “Darbyland” near Mechanicsburg where he died January 23, 1969. As a gifted human figure painter and an able academic administrator, James Hopkins is noted for his pioneering regional paintings of the Cumberland Mountain people.
Erected 2005 by aign County Historical Society, Champaign County Bicentennial Historical Marker Committee, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 23-11.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 40° 4.279′ N, 83° 33.301′ W. Marker is in Mechanicsburg, Ohio, in Champaign County. Marker is on Main Street (Ohio Route 29), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is on grounds of the Mechanicsburg Public Library. Marker is at or near this postal address: 60 S. Main Street, Mechanicsburg OH 43044, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are
James Roy Hopkins Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2008
3. James Roy Hopkins Marker
Mechanicsburg Public Library in background.
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 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); Maple Grove Civil War Memorial (approx. 0.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mechanicsburg.
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
Mechanicsburg Corporate Limit Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., November 14, 2008
4. Mechanicsburg Corporate Limit Marker
On Main Street (Ohio Route 29) south of Darby Avenue.
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 21, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 1,812 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 21, 2008, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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