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Dorothy Hodgkin

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Dorothy Hodgkin, by Maggi Hambling, 1985 - NPG 5797 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

Dorothy Hodgkin

by Maggi Hambling
oil on canvas, 1985
36 3/4 in. x 30 in. (932 mm x 760 mm)
Commissioned, 1985
Primary Collection
NPG 5797


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Sitterback to top

  • Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994), Chemist and crystallographer; winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry; wife of Thomas Lionel Hodgkin. Sitter in 17 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Maggi Hambling (1945-), Painter. Artist of 8 portraits, Sitter in 13 portraits.

This portraitback to top

Painted in Hodgkin's study at home in Warwickshire, a structural model of the four molecules of insulin stands in the foreground. The artist presents Hodgkin immersed in her work. Two pairs of hands convey energy and activity. Their appearance also refers to the subject's acute arthritis, contracted when she was 28.

Linked publicationsback to top

  • Audio Guide
  • Gibson, Robin; Clerk, Honor, 20th Century Portraits in the National Portrait Gallery Collection, 1993, p. 26
  • Hackmann, W.D., Apples and Atoms: Portraits of Scientists from Newton to Rutherford, 1986, p. 83
  • Hart-Davis, Adam, Chain Reactions, 2000, p. 181
  • Jordanova, Ludmilla, Defining Features: Scientific and Medical Portraits 1660-2000, 2000 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 14 April to 17 September 2000), p. 154
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery: An Illustrated Guide, 2000, p. 221
  • Saumarez Smith, Charles, The National Portrait Gallery, 1997, p. 221
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 306

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