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Dorothy Hodgkin

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

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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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  • 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.

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

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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.

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