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Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon, by Neil Libbert, 1989 - NPG P760 - © Neil Libbert

© Neil Libbert

Francis Bacon

by Neil Libbert
bromide print, 1989
13 1/2 in. x 9 1/8 in. (343 mm x 231 mm)
Purchased, 2000
Primary Collection
NPG P760


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  • Neil Libbert (1938-), Photographer. Artist of 16 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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This photograph was taken on the morning of Bacon's 80th birthday, in the doorway of his studio at 7 Reece Mews. Libbert, a news photographer and Bacon's neighbour, had photographed the artist several times before, but this encounter happened by chance after he spotted Bacon returning from their local supermarket. The picture appeared on the front page of the Observer newspaper the following day.

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