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Joseph Clark Hoppin
Joseph Clark Hoppin, Professor of Archaeology

Professor Joseph Clark Hoppin (1870–1925) joined the faculty at Bryn Mawr College in 1899. A firm believer in the importance of studying artifacts firsthand, he donated a collection of 54 Attic black- and red-figured vases and shards to the College within his first years at Bryn Mawr. Hoppin implemented the study of artifacts and topography into the classical archaeology curriculum at the College.

His gift includes one of the most significant works in the Art & Artifacts collection: a red-figure plate (P.95) he acquired while in Rome, which Sir John Beazley designated as the work of “The Bryn Mawr Painter,” an artist who flourished circa 500–450 BCE. Most of the vases in his collection were obtained from Mr. E. P. Warren of Lewes, England around the year 1901. Mary Hamilton Swindler (Bryn Mawr, PhD 1912), Professor of Classical Archaeology at Bryn Mawr (1931–1949), described Hoppin’s collection of Greek Vases as “a good representation of their respective time periods” and benefitted from the opportunity to study them firsthand.

Educated at Harvard University (MA 1893) and the University of Munich (PhD 1896), Hoppin held his position as Professor of Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College from 1899 to 1904, and again from 1917 to 1919. He also spent many years at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens.


Beazley, J. D.. Attic Red-Figure Vase-Painters. Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1963.

Brokaw, Nancy, “The Bryn Mawr Painter.” Bryn Mawr College Alumnae Bulletin (Nov 2014).

Swindler, M. “The Bryn Mawr Collection of Greek Vases.” American Journal of

Archaeology 20, no. 3 (1916).

Worlds to Discover: 125 Years of Collections at Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania: Bryn Mawr College, 2010.

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