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Edited by Martin Harrison, assisted by Dr Rebecca Daniels


The Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné will go on press in October 2015, and the final meeting of the Francis Bacon Authentication Committee will take place in London on May 23rd 2014.

Owners of paintings by Francis Bacon are requested to contact the Catalogue Raisonné Committee via The Estate of Francis Bacon at or by post at:

The Estate of Francis Bacon
7 Reece Mews
London SW7 3HE

All information received will be treated in the strictest confidence and requests for anonymity will be honoured.

The following works have not been located, and information as to their whereabouts is urgently sought: Lying Figure (1953); Man with Head Wound (1955); Mlle Suzy Solidor (1957); Head of Woman (1961).


Hugh M. Davies
The David C. Copley Director Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego

Hugh M. Davies received his AB (1970), MFA (1972), and Ph.D. (1976) from the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. Since 1983, he has been The David C. Copley Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. Davies has served as curator or co-curator for numerous MCASD exhibitions including: "Francis Bacon: The Papal Portraits of 1953" (1999), "William Kentridge; Weighing…and Wanting" (1998), "John Altoon" (1997), "Blurring the Boundaries: 25 Years of Installation Art" (1996-97), and "John Baldessari" (1996). He was one of six co-curators who organized the Biennial 2000 at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and in 1976 he served as Director of the U.S. Exhibition at the 37th Venice Biennale. From 1975 to 1983 he was the founding director of the University Gallery at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and since 1984 he has been a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors, a Trustee from 1994-2001, and President from 1997-1998.

Martin Harrison

Since 1973, Martin Harrison has published widely on 19th and 20th century art and photography, and curated exhibitions in the UK (Victoria & Albert Museum; National Portrait Gallery), Italy, the USA and Mexico. He also co-curated the Bacon exhibition at the Kunstsammlung Nordhein-Wesftfalen, Dusseldorf in 2006. His first publication on Francis Bacon was “Points of Reference” (Faggionato Fine Art, 1999) and his most recent book is "In Camera: Francis Bacon", 2005. He is currently preparing an essay to accompany the Bacon centennial retrospective exhibition at Tate Britain, the Prado Madrid and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York in 2008-2009.

Norma Johnson

Norma Johnson is a well respected painting conservator. She trained at Northdene House in Gateshead and worked subsequently for Leicester Museums and Art Galleries and Humberside Museums and Galleries Service. She was then appointed Chief Painting Conservator for Kelvingrove Collections, where, among other masterpieces, she restored Rembrandt’s famous painting, "A Man in Armour". A decade ago she established the independent Haughton Studios near Newcastle, which rapidly became one of the leading conservation practices in the country, attracting a British and international clientele. Though expert in many schools of art, she takes a special interest in modern painting and in the work of Francis Bacon in particular.

Richard Calvocoressi

Richard Calvocoressi (b.1951) was educated at Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art. He was Director of the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art in Edinburgh since 1987 to 2007 and was formerly a curator at the Tate Gallery (1979-87). During his time in Edinburgh, he built up the Scottish national collection as an important centre for Dada and Surrealist art and literature through acquisitions from major private collections such as those of Sir Roland Penrose and Mrs Gabrielle Keiller. He has published on various artists including Magritte, Klee, Kokoschka, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud, Lee Miller, Tinguely and Baselitz. In Edinburgh in 2005 he co-organised the successful exhibition Francis Bacon: Portraits and Heads. He is currently the Director of the Henry Moore Foundation and a member of the René Magritte authentication committee.

Sarah Whitfield

Sarah Whitfield is an independent art historian, writer and curator. Exhibitions she has organized include Magritte (Hayward Gallery, 1992), Pierre Bonnard (Tate Gallery, 1998), Lucio Fontana (Hayward Gallery, 2000) and Malcolm Morley (Hayward Gallery, 2001). She is co-author of the René Magritte Catalogue Raisonné and a member of the Comité Magritte, the authentication committee set up by the Fondation Magritte in 2000. She is Chair of The Elephant Trust and a Founder Member of the Joanna Drew Travel Bursary. She is currently editing the Catalogue Raisonné of William Scott.

Ludovic de Walden
Legal adviser to the Committee

Ludovic de Walden is a solicitor and joint head of Bird & Bird's International Dispute Resolution Group. He specialises in large scale multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation and arbitration disputes He also has an interest in and developed a specialisation in legal matters concerning the art market. He has acted in many prominent cases and for numerous leading institutions, collections, dealers, governments and artists in the sphere.

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