Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street.
Phillip Prodger and Terence Pepper. London: National Portrait Gallery, 2011.
Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio, and Street is the catalogue to the 2011 exhibition curated by Phillip Prodger of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, for the National Portrait Gallery, London. With essays by both Phillip Prodger and the National Portrait Gallery curator Terence Pepper, the authors explain how the recent rediscovery of Hoppé’s work now demonstrates how Hoppé was, and is now once more, regarded as a pivotal figure in Edwardian art. Hoppé’s strikingly Modernist portraits of society figures and important personalities from the worlds of literature, politics and the arts include George Bernard Shaw, H.G. Wells, A.A. Milne, T.S. Eliot, Margot Fonteyn, Vaslav Nijinsky, Albert Einstein, and members of the royal family. His studio portraits are complemented by Hoppé’s sensitive and affectionally humorous depictions of everyday British people ranging from street musicians and stage performers to bus drivers and postmen, all of which reflected the realities of day-to-day life between the wars.