9‑Year-Old Edward Hopper Draws a Picture on the Back of His 3rd Grade Report Card

In a press release issued last week, the Edward Hop­per House announced that it will be receiv­ing over 1,000 arti­facts and mem­o­ra­bil­ia doc­u­ment­ing Edward Hop­per’s fam­i­ly life and ear­ly years. The col­lec­tion “con­sists of juve­nil­ia and oth­er mate­ri­als from the for­ma­tive years of Hop­per’s life and includes orig­i­nal let­ters, draw­ings from his school years … pho­tographs, orig­i­nal news­pa­per arti­cles, and oth­er items that allow vis­i­tors to expe­ri­ence first­hand how Hop­per’s child­hood and home envi­ron­ment shaped his art.”

Above you can find Exhib­it A from the col­lec­tion. A pic­ture that young Hop­per, only 9 years old, drew on the back of his 3rd grade report card. A sure ear­ly sign of his tal­ents.

Por­tions of this archive will be avail­able for view­ing this fall. If you’re in Nyack, New York, pay the Edward Hop­per House a vis­it.

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  • Fred says:

    I’m curi­ous to know what his grades were on that report card. I’m guess­ing not good.

  • yupyup says:

    Well if this was real­ly when he was 9, he should get an A for pen­man­ship! Best name-writ­ing of any child I’ve seen.

  • Stuart Gardner says:

    This is stag­ger­ing. Look at the pro­por­tion of that fig­ure! The per­spec­tive and com­po­si­tion are amaz­ing. What gets me more than any­thing is that the haunt­ing iso­la­tion and lone­li­ness of the mature work is already in full bloom at nine years of age… how painful is that?

  • Elizabeth Lindsay says:

    Pre­scient is the word for me.

  • Amanda Marshall says:

    Beau­ti­ful draw­ing on the back of his 3rd grade report card. But did he draw it in 3rd grade-the sig­na­ture seems odd­ly adult. No

  • Susan says:

    The art­work can be so decep­tive­ly minip­u­lat­ing.….

  • Art says:

    There’s no way that was sketched by a nine year old. Per­haps Hop­per did the sketch as an adult and just used the back of his old report card to do so. Not only is the sketch well above even a tal­ent­ed nine year old’s abil­i­ty but no child signs his art work with his last name. He would have signed it with his first name in big let­ters. That being said, even if it was signed, “Eddie” I would­n’t believe a 9 year old sketched it.

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