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Stephen William Hawking

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Stephen William Hawking

by Frederick George Rees Cuming
oil on board, 2005
24 in. x 24 in. (610 mm x 610 mm)
Given by Stephen William Hawking, 2006
Primary Collection
NPG 6764


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This painting was commissioned by the sitter and is one of three related portraits. The Gallery commissioned a portrait of Stephen Hawking by Yolanda Sonnabend in 1985. In contrast to the Sonnabend portrait, which depicts a young man at the outset of his reputation, Cuming's portrait, with its tenebrous quality, evokes the sitter in his maturity.