Frances Anne Hopkins
was born in England on February 2, 1838, and died on
March 5, 1919. (née Beechey) In 1858 she married an official
of the Hudson Bay Company. She would not only travel to North
America with him, but she would travel by voyageur canoe along fur
trading routes. Along the way she would sketch scenes and
activities of the trip. She is perhaps best know for her several
large paintings of the voyageurs and their canoes and place herself
in the seat of the canoe along with her husband and the paddlers.
Many of these paintings are part of the collection of the National
Library and Archives. In 1870 the Hopkins returned to England to
live. When people visit the Canadian Museum of Civilization they
can view in the main entrance area a large 3D representation of one
of the Hopkins canoe paintings complete with Mr. and Mrs. Hopkins
in the canoe.