Voyageur artist Frances Anne Hopkins recorded part of Canada’s history

On the French Canadian Cultural Alliance of the Great Lakes’ website, Wisconsin-based MaryEllen Weller-Smith writes a fascinating story about Frances Anne Hopkins (née Beechey), an English artist who painted some of the most recognizable images of the voyageur world. Hopkins travelled with her husband Edward Hopkins, a Hudson’s Bay company official, along some of the most important fur trading routes and sketched and recorded an integral part of Canada’s history.

Shooting the Rapids_1879_LAC

Shooting the Rapids, c1879, Frances Anne Hopkins, Library and Archives Canada, Frances Anne Hopkins Fonds, C-002774

When you have a moment, I recommend you read this beautifully illustrated article, Fur Trade Canoes and London Society: The Paintings of Frances Anne Hopkins — and tell your children and grandchildren about Frances Anne Hopkins.

About Gail Dever

Gail Dever is a Montreal-based genealogist and blogger and a webmaster for the British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa.
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