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Edward Hopper was born in Nyack, New York in 1882, one of two children of a comfortably well-off, middle-class family. His parents, mostly of Dutch ancestry, were Garret Henry Hopper, a dry-goods merchant, and his wife Elizabeth Griffiths Smith. Garrett provided well for his two children with considerable help from his wife's inheritance, and he retired at age forty-nine. Edward and his sister Marion attended both private and public schools, and were raised in a strict Baptist home. Since his father was fairly tolerant, the household was dominated by women-his mother, grandmother, sister, and maid. He readily absorbed his father's intellectual tendencies and the love of French and Russian culture and he clearly adopted his mother's artistic lineage. Hopper's parents encouraged his art and kept him amply supplied with materials, instructional magazines, and illustrated books. By the age of 10, he was signing and dating his drawings, and he always had a strong desire to draw. Edward was from childhood a keen-eyed observer, recording details, impressions, or imaginary views in remarkably naturalistic depictions. In June, 1893, he copied a frontal image of a dog, probably from a how-to-draw book, which clearly reflected his interest in understanding the importance of light and shadow. His relationship to his surroundings was much more visual than verbal, and he never kept diaries or enjoyed social interaction. Most of the subject matter of Hopper's mature work first appears in his early drawings, which included restaurants, trains, couples, architecture and street scenes. These early works provide a hint at the future genius of this artist who so deftly represented his unique view of the American experience.