by Maggi Hambling
oil on canvas, 1985
36 3/4 in. x 30 in. (932 mm x 760 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Dorothy Mary Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910-1994), Chemist and crystallographer; Nobel Prize winner; wife of Thomas Lionel Hodgkin. Sitter in 17 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Painted in Hodgkin's study at home in Warwickshire. The artist presents Hodgkin immersed in her work, a structural model of insulin stands in the foreground. 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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Linked publicationsback to top
- National Portrait Gallery: 100 Portraits, p. 130
- Audio Guide
- 100 Pioneering Women, p. 127
- 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
- Various contributors, National Portrait Gallery: A Portrait of Britain, 2014, p. 245
Placesback to top
- Place made and portrayed: United Kingdom: England, Warwickshire (sitter's home, Ilmington, Warwickshire)
Subjects & Themesback to top
Events of 1985back to top
Current affairs55 people die in the Manchester air disaster when a British Airtours Boeing 737 bursts into flames after an aborted takeoff at Manchester International Airport.
Art and scienceBob Geldof and Midge Ure organise Live Aid, a rock concert in London and Philadelphia, to raise funds for famine relief. The biggest names in popular music, including Paul McCartney, Queen, Status Quo, The Police, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, U2, The Who, and Led Zeppelin, performed to a TV audience of 1.5 billion.
The British Antarctic Survey discovers a hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica.
InternationalReformer Mikhail Gorbachev comes to power as first secretary of the Soviet Communist party. He calls for 'glasnost' (openness) in Soviet life, and pursues a policy of 'perestroika' (reconstruction).
French intelligence operatives sabotage Rainbow Warrior, the Greenpeace vessel. The ship was leading a protest against French nuclear testing in New Zealand when it was bombed and sunk, killing one of the twelve on board.
See this portrait
On display in Room 32 at the National Portrait Gallery