Stephen William Hawking

1 portrait

Stephen William Hawking, by Yolanda Sonnabend, 1985 - NPG 5799 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Stephen William Hawking

by Yolanda Sonnabend
oil on canvas, 1985
36 in. x 28 in. (914 mm x 710 mm)
Commissioned, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5799


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  • Yolanda Sonnabend (1935-), Theatre designer; artist. Artist of 9 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.

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In the 1980s, encouraged by Margaret Gowing (who was both a Trustee and an historian of science), the Gallery embarked on an active policy of commissioning portraits of scientists, on the grounds that science and technology make a contribution to British culture which is not always well understood by the general public. One of the first such commissions was of Stephen Hawking, who at the time was known only to specialists for his distinguished work on relativity. It was only in 1988 that Hawking became universally known as the author of A Brief History of Time.

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  • Audio Guide
  • Hackmann, W.D., Apples and Atoms: Portraits of Scientists from Newton to Rutherford, 1986, p. 82
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 218
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 218
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 289

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