Francis Bacon was born in a nursing home at 63 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin on the 28th October 1909. He was the second of five children born to English parents who had recently settled in Ireland, but who had no Irish blood ties. His father, Anthony Edward ‘Eddy’ Mortimer Bacon, was a retired Army Major. His mother was Christian Winifred Loxley.
The Bacon family moved between various country houses in counties Laois and Kildare and, for shorter stays, to England. As his home-life was chilly and fraught with his father Bacon developed a close relationship with his maternal grandmother, Winifred Margaret Supple who disliked Bacon’s father.
Her house near Abbeyleix contained bow-ended rooms that would be echoed in the backdrops of Bacon’s paintings as a result of living with her for some time - hence his love affair with Laois began seen through his expressionism and surrealism-influenced art.
|Date of Birth||20th Oct 1909|
|Date of Death||28th Apr 1992|