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Emil Otto Hoppé
Chronology
1878
Emil Otto Philipp Hoppé was born to Maria and Philipp Hoppé, in their apartment at Wuzerstrasse 15, Munich on Sunday, April 14.
 
1890-1893
Education in Vienna, while staying with mother's relatives.
 
1893
Encouraged by his mother, begins weekend classes in painting with Hans von Bartels, one of Franz von Lenbach's students.
 
1902
Moves to Barnes, West London, where he works in the Deutsche Bank and takes up photography as a hobby. Befriends Haldane Macfall, writer and art historian, John Cimon Warburg and Alvin Langdon Coburn, photographers, and Alexander Teixeira de Mattos, translator.
 
1903
Elected a member of the Royal Photographic Society.
 
1904
Begins to act as London correspondent for various German-language photographic journals, first Photographische Mitteilungen (which becomes Photographische Rundshau), and in 1905, the yearbook Die Photographische Kunst.
 
1905
First two works selected for exhibition at the RPS Annual Salon (Memento Mori and Brunette).
 
Marries Marion Josephine Wilhelmina Bliersbach at Fulham Registry Office on June 2.
 
1906-1907
Regular prize-winner and exhibitor at photographic exhibitions and awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS). Subsequently organizes an exhibition of 120 German pictorialist images as part of the Royal Photographic Society annual show.
 
1907
October: Opens his first studio at 10 Margravine Gardens, near Barons Court.
 
1908
Six works selected for display at RPS Salon include studies of friends and fellow photographers: A.H. Blake, Rudolf Duhrkoop and Furley Lewis and the dancer Maud Allan (A Study in Tones).
 
1909
With Sir Benjamin Stone, organizes Great Britain entries at the International Exhibition of Photography at Dresden.
 
1909-1910
Co-founder of London Salon of Photograph, which succeeds the Linked Ring Salon. Hoppé exhibits four subject pictures and a portrait of Sara De Groote.
 
1910
April-May: first one-man exhibition, of seventy-two photographs, at Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 55 Russell Square.
 
Receives a medal from the Budapest Austellung.
 
Appointed to the Council of the Professional Photographers' Association (later British Institute for Professional Photography).
 
1911
Moves to larger studio at 59 Baker Street. Photographs leading members of the Diaghilev Ballet as well as Max Rhinehardt production of The Miracle and Oedipus Rex.
 
1912
Birth of first child Frank Sidney Hoppé on January 18.
 
January 25: becomes a naturalized British citizen.
 
1913
February: One-man exhibition at Goupil Gallery.
 
Takes on lease of 7 Cromwell Place, South Kensington which he re-names Millais House after its earlier occupant, Sir John Everett Millais. Organizes various small permanent and temporary exhibitions as well as musical evenings.
 
1914
New art magazine, Colour, launched. Hoppé is art editor and contributes reviews, designs, and drawings.
 
1915
Birth of second child Muriel Marion Hoppé on December 14.
 
1916
Launch of British Vogue in September includes photographs by Hoppé who contributes editorial and society photographs to early issues.
 
1917
Founder and committee member of The Plough Theatre Club whose other members include architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, photographer A.L. Coburn, painter Glyn Philpot and artist George Sheringham.
 
1918
Photographs literary subjects including Lytton Strachey, Ezra Pound, and Rebecca West as well as an extensive series of nude studies of Ruby Lorraine, "The Kirchner Girl."
 
1919
Photographs Ellen Terry as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Russian dancer Lydia Lopokova.
 
Helps found the Decorative Art Group, which aims to bring the arts into everyday life by providing artworks suitable for interior design.
 
1920
August 16: The New York Times announces the arrival of Hoppé in the USA on the Caronia and his intention to seek five "American beauties" to be included in forthcoming proposed Book of Fair Women.
 
1921
Takes portrait sittings in his New York studio on 57th Street including film stars Anna Q. Nilsson, Lilian Gish, Mary Miles Minter, Marion Davies, and artists Paul Manship and James Montgomery Flagg.
 
Holds first major US exhibition at the Wanamaker Gallery, New York.
 
December: Invited to Buckingham Palace to photograph George V and Queen Mary.
 
1922
January: Major one-man show, of 221 exhibits, at Goupil Gallery (catalogue introduction by John Galsworthy).
 
June-July: International Theatre Exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum. Hoppé on organising committee and contributes stage and costume designs.
 
1923
Visits Romania, as guest of Queen Marie and the Romanian royal family, to collect material for his first travel book, In Gipsy Camp and Royal Palace.
 
Photographic Masterpieces by E.O. Hoppé, an exhibition of 189 of Hoppé's photographs, staged by the Asahi Shimbun Company of Tokyo, in Ueno, Japan. The exhibition subsequently tours to Osaka and an exhibition catalogue is produced in 1927. Hoppé makes woodcuts of many of his famous literary portraits.
 
1924
Travels to Italy; photographs Mussolini in Rome for The Graphic.
 
Commissioned by J. Lyons & Co to photograph the first "Nippy" waitress.
 
Japanese photographic collection acquires 200 prints for a permanent exhibition. At Millais House Hoppé gives first exhibition of Gluck paintings in the Dorien Leigh Galleries.
 
1925
Travels round Britain and Ireland photographing topography for for the Orbis Terrarum series, Picturesque Great Britain.
 
1926
Returns to America: takes portraits in New York, visits Hollywood. Spends time with Native American tribes. Visits Cuba, Jamaica and West Indies.
 
1927
May: Exhibition of Rural England photographs at Dover Gallery, London, to mark publication of Picturesque Great Britain.
 
Takes portrait sittings in Berlin and photographs for the Ufa Film Studios including studies of Fritz Lang and Brigitte Helm; undertakes topographical and industrial photography for book that becomes Deutsche Arbeit.
 
1929
Travels to India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Australia and New Zealand.
 
1930
Exhibition 79 Camera Pictures held at David Jones' Department Store, Sydney.
 
1931-1939
Travels to Indonesia, Bali, Africa, Bavaria, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
 
1932
Elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society.
 
1935
Launch of Geographical Magazine to which Hoppé becomes contributor.
 
1937
Leaves Millais House, which is taken over as studio by ballet photographer Gordon Anthony and subsequently artist Francis Bacon.
 
1939
Returns to London at outbreak of war. Concentrates on Dorien Leigh photographic agency consisting of works by Hoppé and other photographers he represents such as Paul Wolff and Martin Munkasci who contribute pictures to magazines such as Lilliput, Picture Post and Weekly Illustrated.
 
1945
Moves to an old manor house, Ram's Hill House, in Horsmonden, Kent.
 
1948
Establishes himself as a literary agent under the name James Carr.
 
1954
Exhibition A Half Century of Photography at Foyles Art Gallery, London, opened by James Laver (exhibition later shown at Lenbachhaus, Munich, and then toured by British Council in India and Far East).
 
1956
Moves to Raglans, Balaclava Lane, Wadhurst, Sussex.
 
1957
Moves to The Old House, South View Road, Crowborough, Sussex.
 
1958
Produces abstract and semi-abstract photographs.
 
1963
The Saturday Book, Volume 23, edited by John Hadfield, publishes Homage To Hoppé: 16 Photographs, a series of experimental images.
 
Wife Marion dies; shares home with daughter Muriel at the Coltings, Wildhern.
 
1968
Photographed and interviewed by John Hedgecoe for Queen magazine and exhibition at Kodak Gallery to mark Hoppé’s ninetieth birthday.
 
1969
January: Cecil Beaton takes his portrait.
 
1970-1971
Undergoes medical operation; moves into the Hedley Nursing Home, 52 The Avenue, Andover.
 
1972
October: Receives Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship.
 
Dies on December 9, aged ninety-four.


Text: Terence Pepper, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery and Mick Gidley

 
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