by Yolanda Sonnabend
11 5/8 in. x 7 3/4 in. (296 mm x 197 mm)
Sitterback to top
- Stephen William Hawking (1942-2018), Theoretical Physicist. Sitter in 11 portraits.
Artistback to top
- Yolanda Sonnabend (1935-2015), Theatrical designer and painter. Artist of 9 portraits, Sitter in 3 portraits.
This portraitback to top
This is a preparatory sketch for Sonnabend's painting of Hawking, commissioned by the Gallery.
Linked displays and exhibitionsback to top
- Life lines: Recently acquired 20th Century drawings (31 October 2009 - 25 April 2010)
- The Artist's Process (4 December 2007 - 1 June 2008)
Portrait setback to top
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.
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