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National Portrait Gallery

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 11:15

National Portrait Gallery unveils new sculpture of Tim Berners-Lee... inventor of the World Wide Web

Commissioned by the Trustees of the National Portrait Gallery and made possible by J.P. Morgan through the Fund for New Commissions   

 

A newly commissioned portrait of Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has been unveiled at  the National Portrait Gallery, London, it was announced on Thursday 28 May 2015.

A painted bronze sculpture, by artist Sean Henry, shows Berners-Lee standing at two-thirds life-size on a tall plinth, carrying the leather rucksack in which he keeps his laptop. Apart from photographs, it is the computer scientist’s first commissioned portrait.

Commissioned by the Gallery in celebration of Sir Tim’s 60th birthday, and made possible by J.P. Morgan, the selection of Sean Henry to make a painted sculpture came out of discussions with the sitter and his wife, and the wish to move away from the usual photographic depiction of Berners-Lee seated before a computer. This has resulted in the Gallery’s first commissioned portrait sculpture for seven years.

Image credit: Sir Tim Berners-Lee by Sean Henry © National Portrait Gallery, London