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Study for Portrait No.6

© the estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved. DACS 2017. Photo credit: Hatton Gallery

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Typical of Bacon’s work in this period, 'Study for Portrait No.6' shows an anonymous, suited figure (possibly taken from the newspaper or magazine cuttings Bacon collected) enclosed in a claustrophic box-like space. His arms truncated, the man’s torso merges into his surroundings, heightening the sense of enclosure. One of the highlights of the Hatton collection, Professor Kenneth Rowntree selected this work from the Contemporary Art Society’s 1961 display of recent acquisitions held at the Whitechapel Art Gallery.

Hatton Gallery

Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Date

    1956–1957

  • Medium

    oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    149 x 116 cm

  • Accession number

    NEWHG:OP.0054

  • Acquisition method

    presented by the Contemporary Art Society, 1962

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The Quadrangle Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear NE1 7RU England

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