‘I am very influenced by places – by the atmosphere of a room … I just knew from the very moment that I came here that I would be able to work here.’ – Francis Bacon
The English Heritage London blue plaques scheme, which has been running for 150 years, links significant cultural figures to the buildings in which they lived and worked. Bacon’s celebrated through two existing plaques: A National Art Collections Fund plaque where the artist and other notable residents lived at 7 Cromwell Place, London and A Dublin Tourism plaque which marks the artist’s birthplace at 63 Lower Baggot Street.
Francis Bacon is to be honoured with a new one in London on the converted stable block in South Kensington where he lived for more than 30 years. It was here that he painted some of his most celebrated works including Three Studies for a Crucifixion (1962) and Portrait of George Dyer Talking (1966).
Bacon is one of six individuals to be recognised with Blue Plaques in 2017. Other lives celebrated include; film star Charlie Chaplin and dancer Rudolf Nureyev.