Born in Watertown, Connecticut, he was a distinguished artist – a painter, engraver and illustrator. He dedicated particular attention to bookplates having made his first etching in 1892.
W. F. Hopson’s papers are at Yale University Library http://www.library.yale.edu/mssa/art_sources/agpart3.htm
Spencer Van B. Nichols Bookplate Collection at http://www.grolierclub.org/LibraryAMC.NicholsBookplates.htm
Grolier Club Bookplate Collection http://www.grolierclub.org/LibraryAMC.GCBookplates.htm