The present picture is thought to depict the woodland landscape at Pytchley, just south of Kettering in Northamptonshire. The Pytchley huntsmen are recognisable by their white collar, originally worn to protect the red of their coats from powdered wigs.
Hopkins was from Keynsham, Bath, and exhibited in London from 1853-1890. He painted landscapes and animals as well as sporting scenes. Amongst his exhibited pictures were five hunting scenes including Her Majesty's Buckhounds, 1876 and The Fitzwilliam Hounds, 1890. He sometimes collaborated with E. Havell on racehorse portraits (e.g. see lot 53). Sally Mitchell described him as 'a very pleasing artist. His horses are well observed, naturally and attractively painted, his composition is good.' (The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists, Woodbridge, 1985, p.272).