N06040 FRANCIS BACON 1952
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.
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I