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Frederick Gowland Hopkins (1861–1947)

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: The Royal Society

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The subject is painted seated at a desk or laboratory bench. Hopkins wears a light yellow or cream suit with blue shirt, green tie and a darker green waistcoat. There are two papers in front of the scientist, on a blue blotter. One shows the wavelengths of the absorption band seen by a spectroscope in light which has passed through a solution. Hopkins’ hand rests by a pencil on a pad headed ‘Lepidoporphyrin’, a term coined by him for the pigment found in butterfly wings and the subject of his first paper Royal Society-published paper.

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    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    111 x 99 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    presented by subscribers, 1938


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