In this chapter I am going to tell you about Francis Bacon, the great philosopher who lived in the times of Elizabeth and James.
It was upon a cold day in January in 1560 that Francis Bacon "came crying into the world."* He was born in a fine house and was the child of great people, his father being Sir Nicholas Bacon, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal.
Essex, however, who could win so much favor for himself, could win none for Francis Bacon. Being able to win nothing from the Queen, on his own account Essex gave his friend an estate worth about 1800 pounds.
First he was made Sir Francis Bacon, then from one honor to another he rose until he became at last Lord High Chancellor of England, the highest judge in the land.
The new play, based on the true friendship between two art legends Francis Bacon
and Lucian Freud is presented as part of a third theatre collaboration between Alpha Square and Leventis Gallery.
Arts Hub 47, at 47, Lark Lane, until August 28, various times EXHIBITION Francis Bacon
Guided Tour Visitors are invited to join one of Tate Liverpool's guides for an hour-long tour around Francis Bacon
: Invisible Rooms.
Some years ago I was very proud to see Francis Bacon
's painting, which dates from 1945-6, in a major retrospective of the artist's work at London's Tate Gallery.