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Lot 1198: § Francis Bacon, 1909-1992, oil on canvas, part of a painting circa 1953/4, painted as a study for a Francis Bacon Pope portrait.
March 21, 2013
Woking, United KingdomLive Auction
§ Francis Bacon, 1909-1992, oil on canvas, part of a painting circa 1953/4, painted as a study for a Francis Bacon Pope portrait. The canvas shows what appears to be the fleshy hand and arm of a Bacon Pope. Also visible is the white and green arm of the chair. On a black and blue ground. The piece is a part of a study for a Francis Bacon Pope Portrait, an example of which "Untitled (Pope)" was sold by Sothebys in New York in November 2012 for £18.7 million.
Painting has been removed from stretchers. The reverse showing a painting of a house and tree by Lewis Todd (1925-2006). 21" x 26"
PROVENANCE: Part of a Francis Bacon work gifted by John Kesterton of the Heffer Gallery in Cambridge to the local artist Lewis Todd to allow him to use the reverse for his own paintings. This was done on the understanding that the canvases were to be cut up before use for his own work. Bacon always painted on the reverse of his canvases, the gift was made so that the impoverished young artist could made good use of them. Bequeathed direct to the present vendor.
This work was inspected and authenticated by the Authentication Committee of the Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné in November 2012 A copy of the letter signed by Martin Harrison and confirming this attribution is sold with this work "..no doubt as to their authenticity."
This and other authenticated pieces were included in The Bacon Estate sponsored PhD course at Northumbria University in which samples have been analysed. Preliminary results confirm that all pigments and binding medium used are typical of Francis Bacon works of the 1950s and 1960s.
h:21 w: 26 in.