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  1. Charles S. Hopkinson (1869-1962), my grandfather, lived in Manchester for most of his life. He was a prolific portrait painter whose subjects included two US presidents (Coolidge and Hoover), US Supreme Court justices, captains of industry, and more than 40 Harvard professors and presidents. That was his business, but he painted hundreds of watercolor landscapes and portraits of family and friends for fun. Three of his family portraits are on exhibit in the Cape Ann Museum, including the glorious Three Dancing Girls in the main atrium. The Museum had a major exhibit of his work in 2009. Hopkinson loved Gloucester and particularly liked sketching the waterfront and the fishing schooners. He used to take me along on some of his expeditions here; I can well remember standing with him on the Boulevard in 1939 or 1940, when I was 6 or 7, watching the great racing/fishing schooner “Gertrude L. Thebaud” come in from the sea, round the breakwater and come booming up the harbor, all sails set, rounding Ten Pound Island and beating her way into the inner harbor. Ben Pine at the wheel, no doubt, showing off her stuff. Hopkinson and grandson were both jumping up and down with excitement.

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