Perry Ogden, Francis Bacon Studio (1998): 7 Reece Mews
These images are the last images of Francis Bacon’s living spaces in 7, Reece Mews. Taken by Perry Ogden in 1998, they are an extraordinary and intimate insight into how Bacon lived for the last three decades of his life. 7, Reece Mews was later refurbished and it now is the location of the Estate of Francis Bacon; see www.francis-bacon.com.
Francis Bacon moved to 7, Reece Mews in October 1961, and he lived and worked there until his death in 1992. His studio and contents were donated to the Hugh Lane Gallery by the artist’s heir, John Edwards, and Brian Clarke, executor of the Estate of Francis Bacon. The Hugh Lane Gallery team relocated the studio from London to Dublin in 1998, and it opened to the public on the 23rd May 2001. This modest mews situated over a garage was the centre of Bacon’s creative life from the 1960s on. He remarked, “I just knew from the very moment that I came here that I would be able to work here.” Bacon’s move to Reece Mews coincided with an increase in his international critical acclaim and considerable financial success. However, despite his wealth and fame, he never moved out of this small flat.