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Three-quarter-length portrait of Aaron Klug in the artist’s studio with structural models of a virus and chromosomes. Klug wears spectacles and is indicating towards a model held in his left hand with a scalpel (?) held in the right. He wears a blue jumper over dark trousers, a lighter blue short and square-patterned blue tie. The model being held is a spherical surface divided into 60 triangular facets, the basis for the protein shell model of virus R17 shown on a white plinth to the sitter’s left (viewer’s right).

The Royal Society


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  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    126.5 x 101.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    commissioned, 2000


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The Royal Society

6–9 Carlton House Terrace, London, Greater London SW1Y 5AG England

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