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Francis Bacon

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Francis Bacon, by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski, 1967 - NPG x13707 - If the sitter is a painter or sculptor: "© The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth"; in all other cases: "© Estate of Jorge Lewinski".

If the sitter is a painter or sculptor: "© The Lewinski Archive at Chatsworth"; in all other cases: "© Estate of Jorge Lewinski".

Francis Bacon

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
14 1/8 in. x 11 5/8 in. (360 mm x 295 mm)
Purchased, 1970
Photographs Collection
NPG x13707


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It is said that, until 1949, Bacon refused to allow his photograph to be taken. However, after relenting for photographers including Cecil Beaton, Bill Brandt and his friend John Deakin, it seems Bacon came to enjoy the process. When Lewinski came to photograph Bacon at his studio, 7 Reece Mews in South Kensington, he found Bacon to be 'civil and helpful, a charming and fascinating conversationalist.' With its multiple viewpoint and distorted features, the photograph resembles on of Bacon's own portraits.