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Thomas Hopkins

17 of 19 portraits on display in the Dining Room at Beningbrough Hall

Later Stuart Portraits Catalogue

Thomas Hopkins

by Sir Godfrey Kneller, Bt
1715
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 711 mm)
NPG 3212

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Signed and dated, lower left: G Kneller/1715 (GK in monogram).

This portraitback to top

The Kit-Cat Club portrait. Although it is hard to believe that NPG 3212 shows a man in his seventies, [1] his identity seems assured. [2] Kneller had also painted c.1700 Thomas’s nephew, Edward Hopkins (1674/5-1736), Faber’s engraving of the portrait being published with the Kit-Cat series, [3] although Edward was not elected to the Club and his portrait was not apparently owned by Tonson.

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1) Although his precise date of birth is not known, Thomas’s elder brother, Richard, died in 1708 aged 68; there were six brothers and two sisters (Commons 1660-1690, II, p 580, Commons 1690-1715, IV, p 389).
2) E.g. concerning his election to the Kit-Cat Club in 1708, Erasmus Lewis described him to Robert Harley as ‘Tom Hopkins’ (HMC Portland, IV, 1897, p 493); Faber’s plate is titled Thomas Hopkins.
3) Faber’s plates for both Thomas and Edward display the arms of Hopkins of Oving House, Bucks., and Coventry, and of Tidmarsh House, Berks.: sa. on a chev. betw. three pistols or, as many roses gu.

Referenceback to top

Piper 1963
D. Piper, Catalogue of the Seventeenth Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery 1625-1714, 1963, p 171.

Stewart 1983
J. D. Stewart, Godfrey Kneller, 1983, no.362.

Exhibitionsback to top

Beningbrough 1978–.

Reproductionsback to top

J. Faber II 1732 (J. Chaloner Smith, British Mezzotinto Portraits, 208/41).


This extended catalogue entry is from the National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: John Ingamells, National Portrait Gallery: Later Stuart Portraits 1685–1714, National Portrait Gallery, 2009, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.

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