The symposium marks the completion of this IRCHSS-funded joint project to catalogue the collection of almost 1,300 books owned by Francis Bacon at the time of his death in 1992. It provides an opportunity for scholars to dicuss recent research on the fascinating and complex relationships between the artist’s books and his art, a rich field of enquiry that will continue to intrigue.

The symposium is free but registration is essential. Please send your name, email and phone number, and if you wish, your affilitaton to and Please assist the process by titling your message “Bacon’s Books Symposium”. Below is the program.

Trinity College Dublin & Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane present Bacon’s Books Symposium 19th & 20th October 2012
Friday 19th October

Location: Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane
18:00 Welcome: Barbara Dawson, Director, Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane
Opening Keynote address
Martin Harrison Editor, Francis Bacon, Catalogue Raisonné
Francis Bacon: Francophile

Followed by reception and viewing of Francis Bacon’s studio.

Saturday 20th October
Location: Trinity College Dublin – Synge Theatre, Arts Building.

9:30 Registration

10:00 Opening Remarks: Yvonne Scott, Head of Department of History of Art and Architecture, TCD.

10:15-12:15 Session 1: Visual Cultures: interpictorial relationships
Chair: Barbara Dawson

10:15 Yvonne Scott (Trinity College Dublin): Francis Bacon ‘…to be an Egyptian’10:35

10.35 Katharina Günther (University of Cologne): The Image Bank – On Photography and Print Media in Francis Bacon’s Studio

10.55-11.15 BREAK

11.15 Marcel Finke (University of Tuebingen: Bacon/Muybridge: Bodies of Evidence

11.35 Margarita Cappock (Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane): Bacon and Contemporary Artists


12:15-13.30 LUNCH (not supplied)

13.30-15:10 Session 2: Public and Private: Francis Bacon inside/outside
Chair: Margarita Cappock

13:30 Barbara Dawson (Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane): Francis Bacon’s Food

13.50 Andrew Hardman (University of Manchester): Bacon Posing, Pollock Painting: Artistic Practices and the Documentation of Studio Space.

14.10 Jessica O’Donnell (Dublin City Gallery the Hugh Lane, and Trinity College Dublin): Francis Bacon and the Street

14.30 Greg Salter (University of East Anglia) Public and Private: Bacon, Proust and Domesticity in the 1950’s


15:10-15:30 BREAK

15:30-16:45 Session 3: Literatures and Philosophies
Chair Yvonne Scott

15:30 Amanda Harrison: Yeats and Bacon: Circularities

15:50 Monika Keska (Bacon’s Books Project, TCD &DCGHL): Encounters: The Influence of Francis Bacon’s Painting on French Literature.

16.10 Rina Arya (University of Wolverhampton): Bacon as Cultural Thinker


16.45-17.00 BREAK

17:00 Closing Keynote Address
Martin Hammer Prof of Philosophy and History of Art, University of Kent
Residues and fragments: the Dublin archive as a research resource.