National Portrait Gallery Unveils New Portrait of Nobel Prize Winning Scientist Sir Martin Evans

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LONDON.- A new portrait of Sir Martin Evans by prize-winning artist David Cobley has gone on display at the National Portrait Gallery. Sir Martin was the first scientist to identify embryonic stem cells which have applications in virtually all areas of biomedicine, from basic research to the development of new therapies. The portrait, depicting Sir Martin examining cultures in a Petri dish, was painted following five visits by the artist to the sitter’s home and Cardiff University. During these visits Cobley worked up sketches in pencil and oil and took numerous photographs. He encouraged Sir Martin to go into detail about stem cell research and was invited to his investiture as the new president of Cardiff University. The portrait on display, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, emphasises the groundbreaking discovery made by Sir Martin in 1980; the writing in the background of the portrait is a replica of a pag