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Lachine in Montréal (region), Quebec — French Canadian Region
 

Frances Anne Hopkins

 
 
Frances Anne Hopkins, an Unrecognized Woman Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
1. Frances Anne Hopkins, an Unrecognized Woman Marker
Captions (English / French): (bottom left) Frances Anne Hopkins, photo by W. Notman, 1863 (detail) / Frances Anne Hopkins, photo de W. Notman, 1863 (détail).; (top right) On the Lachine Road, 1866. / Sur la route de Lachine, 1866.; (center left) Our House at Lachine, 1859. / Notre maison à Lachine, 1859.; (bottom left) Winter Scene on River Front, circa 1858-1859. / Scène d’hiver au bord du fleuve, vers 1858-1859.
Inscription. Two adjacent panels provide information on the life of Frances Anne Hopkins

Frances Anne Hopkins, an Unrecognized Woman

Do you know this woman? She once walked the ground under you feet. In fact, she lived in Lachine from 1858 to 1860 and spent the next eight years in Montreal. Frances Anne was born in England under the name of Beechey. At age 20, she married Edward Marin Hopkins, who held an important position in the Montreal Department of the Hudson’s Bay Company.
In 1870, the Art Association, ancestor of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, presented sixteen watercolours by Mrs. Hopkins. She also exhibited several times in England.

French:
Connaissez-vous cette femme? Elle a déjà foulé le sol sous vos pieds. En effet, elle a vécu à Lachine de 1858 à 1860 et a passé les huit années suivantes à Montreal. Frances Anne est née en Angleterre sous le nom de Beechey. À vingt ans, elle épouse Edward Martin Hopkins, qui occupe un poste important au Département de Montréal de la Compagnie de la Baie d’Hudson.
En 1870, l’Art Association, ancêtre du Musée des beaux-arts de Montreal, présente seize aquarelles de madame Hopkins. Celle-ci expose également à plusieurs reprises en Angleterre.

Frances Anne Hopkins, an Original Artist
Frances Anne Hopkins, an Original Artist Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
2. Frances Anne Hopkins, an Original Artist Marker
Captions (English / French): (bottom left) Frances Anne Hopkins, photo by W. Notman, 1863 (detail) / Frances Anne Hopkins, photo de W. Notman, 1863 (détail).; (top middle) Shooting the Rapids, circa 1879. / Descente des rapides, vers 1879.; (top right) Voyageurs at Dawn, 1871. / Voyageurs à l’aube, 1871. (center right) Canoes in a Fog, Lake Superior, 1869. / Canots dans le brouillard, lac Supérieur, 1869.; (bottom middle) Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall, 1869. / Voyageurs passant prés d’une cascade en canot, 1869.

English:
Frances Anne Hopkins lived at cross-currents with her era. Not only was she a woman artist, but she travelled the fur trade route from Lachine to Lake Superior. Instead of illustrating conquest and colonization, she chose to paint the events of everyday lives. In two of the opposite paintings, she depicts herself sketching on the canoe trip.

French:
Cette dame vit à contre-courant de son époque. Non seulement elle est une femme artiste, mais elle parcourt la route des fourrures de Lachine au lac Supérieur. Plutôt que d’illustre la conquête et la colonisation, elle choisit de peindre de événements du quotidien. Dans deux des tableaux ci-contre, elle se représente elle-même en train de dessiner un croquis au cours d’un voyage en canot.
 
Erected by Parks Canada & Société de promotion du canal de Lachine.
 
Location. 45° 25.9′ N, 73° 40.512′ W. Marker is in Lachine, Quebec, in Montréal (region). Marker is on Boulevard Saint-Joseph just from 12 Avenue, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1255 Boulevard Saint-Joseph, Lachine, Quebec H8S 2M2, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Lachine: Gateway to the Northwest (a few steps from this marker);
Frances Anne Hopkins Markers image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 5, 2014
3. Frances Anne Hopkins Markers
The Hudson’s Bay Company in Lachine (a few steps from this marker); Lachine Massacre (a few steps from this marker); The Lachine Canal (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); Robert Cavelier de la Salle (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); A Wonderful New Addition (approx. half a kilometer away); An Upstream Battle (approx. half a kilometer away); Full Steam Ahead (approx. half a kilometer away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lachine.
 
More about this marker. These markers are beside the Lachine Canal near the footbridge, Prom Pète Marquette.
 
Also see . . .  Frances Anne Beechey (Hopkins) - Dictionary of Canadian Biography. During the decade which Mrs Hopkins spent in Canada, the HBC was replacing the freight canoe wherever possible by less costly means of transport–steamboat, railway, even horse teams and sleighs. She witnessed trade canoe travel on the Great Lakes in its closing period and made this subject her own. More than any other artist, she recognized and interpreted
Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall image. Click for full size.
By Frances Anne Hopkins, circa 1869
4. Canoe Manned by Voyageurs Passing a Waterfall
accurately the demanding skills of canoe handling. In a period of heavily romantic painting, her principal subjects were contemporary working activities.
(Submitted on April 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, Music
 
Shooting the Rapids image. Click for full size.
By Frances Anne Hopkins, circa 1879
5. Shooting the Rapids
Voyageurs at Dawn image. Click for full size.
By Frances Anne Hopkins
6. Voyageurs at Dawn
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 302 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 2, 2015, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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