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
Sitterback to top
- Stephen William Hawking (1942-2018), Theoretical Physicist. Sitter in 11 portraits.
This portraitback to top
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.
Events of 2005back to top
Current affairsLondon suffers its worst bomb attack since the Second World War when four devices are detonated during rush hour on public transport. Three of the bombs went off on tube trains, and one on a bus killing 56 people and injuring 700. A Leeds-based terror cell of British born or raised Islamic extremists committed the attacks.
John Sentamu becomes the first black Archbishop of the Church of England.
Art and scienceAs part of the international Make Poverty History campaign, ten Live 8 concerts are held simultaneously around the world to coincide with the meeting of the G8 and persuade the world's richest countries to 'drop the debt' owed by the world's poorest countries, increase aid to the world's poorest people and negotiate fairer international trade rules.
International1,836 die in America as a result of Hurricane Katrina and the subsequent flooding. The hurricane was the most costly in US history and one of the most deadly. It caused the levees of Lake Pontchartrain to break, which flooded 80% of New Orleans. About one million people evacuated the city while 25,000 stayed behind, many taking refuge in the city's Superdome.
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