Maggi Hambling
Dorothy Hodgkin, 1985
Oil on canvas 36 ¾ x 30 in. (932 x 760 mm)
National Portrait Gallery, London

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin (1910 – 1994) was a British Nobel-Prize winning chemist and crystallographer. 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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