Francis Bacon, 1951
Francis Bacon © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sothebys London / Collection National Portrait Gallery, London
Bacon was a friend of Beaton's with whom he said he had 'tremendous rapport'. Bacon painted his portrait in February 1960. Beaton was horrified with the unflattering result;
'The face was hardly recognisable as a face for it was disintegrating before your eyes, suffering from a severe case of elephantitis...'.
Bacon destroyed the portrait shortly afterwards, not wishing Beaton to have something of his that he did not like.
Photographed at Beaton's London home, 8 Pelham Place.