• 20th Century British Art auction at Christies

    Sale 5886

    20th Century British Art

    16 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 51

    Clare Shenstone (b. 1948)

    Study of Francis Bacon

    Price Realised  


    Clare Shenstone (b. 1948)
    Study of Francis Bacon
    signed 'Shenstone' (lower right)
    8 x 5½ in. (20.3 x 14 cm.)
    Executed in 1980.

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    During Shenstone's graduation show at the Royal College of Art in 1979, she was informed that a distinguished visitor had been admiring her work and wanted her to contact him. This was Bacon, who initially purchased one of her works and soon asked Shenstone to paint his portrait. The pair embarked on an artistic adventure that lasted for years and resulted in almost a hundred portraits of Bacon.

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    with Michael Parkin Gallery, London, where purchased by the present owner.