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This freely painted portrait shows Hodgkin at half-length, facing the viewer, seated at a desk in his Cambridge home. He wears a blue suit, white shirt and green patterned tie. Hodgkin’s right hand rests on one of two open books on the desk. Behind the sitter are a cushioned armchair, bookcase and open door.

The Royal Society



Alan Hodgkin (1914–1998)




oil on canvas


H 122 x W 102 cm

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commissioned, 1974

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