Best known as a portrait painter and landscape watercolorist, Charles Sydney Hopkinson was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts and maintained a studio in Boston from 1906 until his death in 1962. He attended Harvard briefly before moving to New York in 1891 to study at the Art Students’ League. He also studied at the Academie Julian in Paris and exhibited at the Paris Salon in 1895.
Upon returning to the United States, he began a lucrative career as a portrait painter, and he showed his work regularly at the Society of American Artists in New York as well as in Boston. His watercolors were described as “modern” by his contemporaries, and he exhibited three oil paintings in the 1913 Armory Show.