● About the ART

This is the very first sketch of DNA made by Francis Crick after he discovered DNA. His wife, Odile an artist, made her drawing based on Francis sketch.

● about the ARTIST

Francis Crick (1916-2004) was one of Britain's great scientists. He is best known for his work with James Watson which led to the identification of the structure of DNA in 1953. 

Odile Crick (11 August 1920 – 5 July 2007) was a British artist best known for her drawing of the double helix structure of DNA discovered by her husband Francis Crick and his partner James D. Watson in 1953.

Odile Speed, later Odile Crick, married Francis Crick in 1949 in Cambridge. She worked as a teacher before their daughters were born. In 1953, Francis Crick and James Watson asked her to draw the double helix for their DNA paper in Nature. This sketch became iconic in molecular biology. Although initially unaware of its significance, she later acknowledged its importance. Aside from her scientific contributions, Crick also gained attention for her paintings of nudes, often using au pairs and secretaries as models. The Cricks were known for their lively parties in the 1960s, sometimes involving nude models as part of the entertainment.