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Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon, by Arnold Newman, 1975 - NPG P150(3) - © Arnold Newman / Getty Images

© Arnold Newman / Getty Images

Francis Bacon

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1975
18 3/8 in. x 12 3/8 in. (468 mm x 315 mm)
Given by The Sunday Times, 1980
Primary Collection
NPG P150(3)


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Sitterback to top

Artistback to top

  • Arnold Newman (1918-2006), Photographer. Artist of 62 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

This portraitback to top

Many of Bacon's photographers preferred to photograph Bacon in his studio, often including the extraordinary paint encrusted walls and the piles of magazine cuttings and photographs that accumulated on the floor. When Newman visited Bacon's Reece Mews studio, he captured something different, 'It was partially planned, partially an accident. While I was. . . getting him into position he moved under the light. I said 'Please stay there!' and quickly took my exposure'. This portrait was later included in the National Portrait Gallery's 1979 exhibition of Newman's work, 'The Great British'.

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  • Perry, George, The Great British: Photographs by Arnold Newman, 1979 (accompanying the exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery from 30 November 1979 - 11 May 1980), p. 49
  • Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 27