John Henry Frederick Bacon
Life and work
Bacon was the second son of the lithographer John Cardanall Bacon, and showed artistic talent from a young age. He trained at the Westminster School of Art and the Royal Academy Schools in London. In his teens he acquired a reputation as an outstanding black-and-white illustrator, and at the age of 18 set off on a professional tour of India and Burma.
On his return to England, in 1889, Bacon exhibited The Village Green and Nevermore at the Royal Academy and was a regular exhibitor from then on. He was a successful painter of religious works, such as Peace be unto you (1897), Gethsemane (1899); historical scenes, such as Homage giving, Westminster Abbey (for the coronation of Edward VII), The Coronation ceremony of George V (1911), The City of London Imperial Volunteers Return to London from South Africa on Monday 29th October 1900; as well as portraiture and genre scenes - such as A Wedding Morning, (1892) A Confession of Love (1894) and Rivals (1904). He was an Associate of the Royal Academy (ARA) and was awarded the MVO (Member of the Royal Victorian Order) for distinguished service to the King. Bacon illustrated books as well as magazines and periodicals.
- The Wedding Morning, John Henry Frederick Bacon (Lady Lever Art Gallery)
- Portrait of Michael Lewis Myers, 1906 (Tate Britain)
Illustrated books (selected)
- Ebbutt, Maud Isabel. Hero-myths & legends of the British race (New York: T.Y. Crowell & Company, 1910).
- Squire, Charles. Celtic myth and legend, poetry & romance (London: Gresham).
- Dickens, Charles. Little Dorrit (Gresham, 1912)
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- John Henry Frederick Bacon on artnet
- Works by J. H. F. Bacon (Bridgeman Art Library)
- Portrait of Sir James Beethom Whitehead (1907 - Government Art Collection)
- Photo of J H F Bacon (National Portrait Gallery)
- J H F Bacon (short biography)
- Profile on Royal Academy of Arts Collections
- J. H. Bacon at Library of Congress Authorities, with 3 catalogue records