© The Jane Bown Literary Estate/ National Portrait Gallery, London
by Jane Bown
bromide print on card mount, 1983
13 7/8 in. x 19 3/4 in. (351 mm x 503 mm)
Given by Jane Bown and The Observer, 1981 in conjunction with the exhibition 'The Gentle Eye: Photographs by Jane Bown of The Observer'
Artistback to top
- Jane Bown (1925-2014), Photographer. Artist associated with 73 portraits, Sitter in 7 portraits.
This portraitback to top
Many of the best photographs of Bacon have been the result of chance. The photographer Jane Bown had been photographing Bacon at Reece Mews in South Kensington. He had been posed in front of the large round mirror in his studio, surrounded by paints and brushes. Bown recalls feeling slightly dissatisfied with these pictures. When the session was finished, Bacon escorted Bown down from his studio to say goodbye, 'he leant on the stable-door, and there it was!'. There was a beautiful light, and Bown seized the opportunity to take one final shot of the artist. This portrait was shown in an exhibition of images of artists at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, and published in the Observer newspaper.
Linked publicationsback to top
- Bown, Jane, Exposures, 2009, p. 48
Placesback to top
- Place made: United Kingdom: England, London (sitter's home and studio, Reece Mews, South Kensington)