Portrait of Stephen Hawking

    Date
    2008
    Sitter
    Stephen William Hawking (1942 - 2018, British) , Theoretical physicist
    Creator
    Tai-Shan Schierenberg (1962, British) , Artist
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (painting): 1220mm
    width (painting): 1120mm
    Subject
    Description
    Head and shoulders portrait of Stephen Hawking, looking directly to the viewer, his head tilted to the viewer’s left. His wheelchair headrest is immediately behind, making a black and white angled background. Hawking wears spectacles and is shown dressed in a dark jacket and grey shirt, open at the neck.

    Stephen Hawking was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1974.
    Object history
    Presented by Dame Stephanie Shirley, 2009.

    One of three portraits of Stephen Hawking executed for this 2008 commission, the others (one preliminary study and another finished work) were both on circular canvasses. [Images and associated e-mails from 2008, Royal Society provenance file]. The two completed portraits were shown to Stephen Hawking at the Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Studies on 22 January 2009. The Society’s picture was unveiled at the Society‘s Carlton House Terrace headquarters on 25 November 2009. [“New portraits at Carlton House Terrace”, by Keith Moore, Notes & Records of the Royal Society, vol.64 no.2 20 June 2010 pp.191-196].
    Associated place
    <The World>
       > Europe
          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©Tai-Shan Schierenberg
    Image number
    RS.9623
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