Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Thought You Were Never Going Back to Tangier


Colour photographic print, Francis Bacon and Peter Lacy seated on a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean, 2.75" x 3.75", inscribed on reverse ’Dear Francis thought you were never going back to Tangier! Here is a memento of the
[?] bad company at Hopkins eighteen month's ago, God knows I miss Morocco but not Deans Bar, Love Ali Forbes’ (signed). Alastair Forbes, (born 2.5.1918 died 19.5.05,) writer and critic. We have found no documentary evidence to connect Forbes and Bacon, but Forbes was well connected being the uncle of one time American Presidential candidate John Kerry. He was said to know ”everyone who mattered” and could therefore easily have been acquainted with Bacon who was nine years his senior. The Deans Bar to which he refers was run by Joseph Dean and Peter Lacy used to play the piano there frequently in the late 1950s.     (text from ’Live Auctioneers’)

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