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Francis Bacon and John Edwards

Unknown photographer, Francis Bacon and John Edwards © The Estate of Francis Bacon

The Estate of Francis Bacon passed upon Bacon’s death to his sole heir, John Edwards, companion and friend of the artist for the last sixteen years of his life. Edwards donated the Reece Mews studio to the Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane in 1998.

Following Edwards's own death in 2003, a substantial part of his estate was left to the benefit of philanthropic works in the name of Francis Bacon. Today, the Estates of Francis Bacon and John Edwards are responsible for the funding of the catalogue raisonné of the works of Francis Bacon, a research grant for the artist’s biography, and the support of a variety of exhibitions, publications, films and scholarly research into the painter and his times.