Hopkinson family selected papers, 1765-1859

Hopkinson fam, Hopkinson family

Collection size: 1 partial microfilm reel.

Collection Summary: Letters, 1766-1767, from Francis Hopkinson regarding his stay with Benjamin West; letters, 1817-1840, to Joseph Hopkinson from or regarding artists, among them Clevenger, C.R. Leslie, Thomas Sully, Benjamin Trott, and John Trumbull (2 letters regarding sales to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the work of Benjamin West); letters from Hopkinson's tenure as President of the PAFA relating to exhibitions, purchases, donations and acquisitions including Murillo's "Roman Daughter" and other works by American and European artists, complaints from artists, loans and gifts from Hopkinson to other collections, the commission of a series of medals of generals based on paintings by Thomas Sully and Moritz Furst; letters relating to Joseph Bonaparte, Count of Survilliers whom Hopkinson represented in legal and art matters, including requests for gifts from the Count's collection; an early biographial sketch of Joseph Hopkinson, and a list of the contents of the Bordentown house.

Biographical/Historical Note: Prominent political family in Philadelphia, Penn. and Bordentown, N.J. Joseph Hopkinson was a U.S. Congressman, federal judge, president of the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and a collector.

Microfilmed in 1991 as part of AAA's Philadelphia Arts Documentation Project. Bound by the family in volumes, which are not chronological and later donated to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. Only the art related materials were filmed from the approximately 6 linear feet of papers.

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