Catalogue entry

N06040 FRANCIS BACON 1952
 
Not inscribed.
Oil on copper, 7×5 (18×13).
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1952.
Exh: Hanover Gallery, May 1952 (3), lent by the Tate Gallery; Venice Biennale, 1954 (British Pavilion, 80).
Repr: Studio, CXLVII, 1954, p.4; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1958, p.117 (in colour); Sir John Rothenstein, British Art since 1900, 1962, pl.94.

Francis Bacon painted a large full-length portrait of Lucian Freud in 1951, which was exhibited at the Hanover Gallery in December 1951. The two artists have been friends for many years.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I