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In pictures: Francis Bacon portraits

Two Studies for a Portrait of George Dyer 1968 -  Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2008

A selection of portraits by Dublin-born artist Francis Bacon are about to go on display at the Tate Britain gallery in London.

Three studies for a Self-Portrait 1980 -  Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2008

The exhibition, including Three studies for a Self-Portrait, is a major celebration heralding the artist's centenary in 2009.

Three Studies for a Crucifixion 1962 -  Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2008

Three Studies for a Crucifixion is part of the exhibition which brings together the most important works from each period of Bacon's life.

Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne Standing in a Street in Soho 1967 -  Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2008

Bacon started his career as an interior designer, before beginning to paint around 1928.

Henrietta Moraes 1966 and Portrait of Isabel Rawsthorne in a Street in Soho, 1967 -   Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2008

The Tate says the collection is a "treat" for Bacon fans and a "perfect introduction for people less familiar with his work".

Portrait of George Dyer Riding a Bicycle, 1966  -  Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2008

The display will run from 11 September to 4 January. All portraits are courtesy of the Estate of Francis Bacon. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2008.



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