Well Hung Lover

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Well Hung Lover
Naked Man Hanging From Wall, Naked Man
Well Hung Lover.jpg
The mural in January 2018, prior to its second defacement.
Year2006 (2006)
MediumStencil graffiti
MovementStreet art
DesignationPermission retrospectively granted by Bristol City Council
ConditionPartially defaced
CoordinatesCoordinates: 51°27′11″N 2°36′04″W / 51.453°N 2.601°W / 51.453; -2.601

Well Hung Lover, also called Naked Man Hanging From Window[1] and simply Naked Man,[2] is a mural by the anonymous street artist Banksy, on a wall in Frogmore Street, Bristol, England.

Painted in 2006 on the side of a sexual health clinic, it is the first legal piece of street art in the UK following a survey by Bristol City Council, resulting in retrospective permission and protection being granted for the mural, despite featuring nudity. It depicts a naked man hanging from a window, while a suited man looks out, next to a woman in her underwear.

In 2009, the mural was defaced by a paintball gun, resulting in a partial restoration by the City Council. However, some paint splatters remain on the artwork. It was defaced a second time in 2018, with black spray paint.


Well Hung Lover is stencilled graffiti and depicts a naked man hanging from a windowsill by his right arm; his left arm covering his genitals. Looking out of the window are two people: a suited man on the left, and a woman in lingerie on the right, touching his shoulder.[3]

The scenario portrayed is that the suited man is the woman's husband, and, suspecting her of having an extramarital affair with the naked man, is looking out of the window to search for him.[3][4]

The mural as seen from Park Street in 2006. Brook Sexual Health Clinic is the red bricked building in the middle, with the mural on the side wall.

At the time of creation, the artwork was stencilled on the side wall of Brook Sexual Health Clinic on Frogmore Street,[5] which has since relocated. However, since the mural is approximately 5 metres (16 ft) above street level, it is almost level with, and can be best viewed from, the Park Street bridge, above Frogmore Street.[6]


In order to get to the appropriate height and maintain the mural's secrecy during its creation, scaffolding was erected against the wall, covered by tarpaulin.[7] After three days, the council removed the scaffolding, discovering the artwork.


The mural in 2007, before it was defaced.

Well Hung Lover appeared at a time when the City Council's policy was to crack down on graffiti;[8] the council were initially opposed to the mural.[9] However, some residents supported the work, saying it "brightened up" the area.[2] Following pressure to keep the mural, the council created an online poll asking whether or not it should be kept; 97% of respondents supported it,[2] leading to retrospective permission being granted for the mural- the first legal street art mural in the UK.[7] The council stressed that this was an exception, and that future street art would not necessarily be tolerated.[2]

In 2020, as part of the inaugural Bristol Festival Of Light, Well Hung Lover was incorporated into a new piece of artwork called Neighbours. Limbic Cinema projected nine windows alongside Banksy's piece, with local artists Jasmine Thompson, Inkie, Parys Gardener and Zoe Power, all creating animated artworks depicting various scene's from Bristol's history and under-represented communities.[10]


On the night of 22 June 2009, 10 days into the Banksy Versus Bristol exhibition at Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery just up the road, the mural was defaced by seven[4] blue paintballs fired at the mural with a paintball gun.[11][12] The perpetrator was never identified, although one suspect was King Robbo, due to his rivalry with Banksy at the time.[13]

Councillor Gary Hopkins described the vandalism as "disappointing" and promised that the council would remove the paint stains.[12] Three of the seven splatters have since been removed, but the council cannot remove the others without damaging the work, so they remain.[4]

Tags were sprayed below and beside Well Hung Lover in 2018.

Well Hung Lover was defaced again on 24 February 2018, with black graffiti tags, beside and below the work, with phrases "KAPE", "SOAK", and "FUCK BANKSY". The legs of the hanging man were also sprayed over.[14][15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Naked Man". Fauré for Art. 8 May 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d "'Naked man' mural allowed to stay". BBC News. 19 July 2006. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  3. ^ a b Lynch, Sean (8 September 2018). "The Greatest Banksy Artwork of All Time". Complex. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b c Daniell, Chris (1 March 2015). "Banksy, Graffiti and Blue Paint Calliglyphs - the Naked Hanging Man". Calliglyphs, Graffiti and Other Marginalia of the World. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  5. ^ "Banksy mural encroached on by rival street artist". 23 April 2013. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  6. ^ "Banksy Grafitti [sic] Well-Hung Lover". Visit Bristol. Retrieved 9 January 2018.
  7. ^ a b Dening, Lizzy (24 January 2017). "Bristol street art class lets you make believe you're Banksy". The Independent. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  8. ^ "Banksy- Britain: lover hanging on a window sill". The Guardian. 17 September 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2018.
  9. ^ Moran, Lee (15 October 2013). "Elusive street artist Banksy a source of pride for one British town". New York Daily News. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  10. ^ Booth, Martin (27 February 2020). "CITY CENTRE SIGHTS LIT UP AS BRISTOL LIGHT FESTIVAL BEGINS". Bristol24/7. Retrieved 13 September 2020.
  11. ^ "In Pictures- Banksy paintballed". BBC Bristol. 23 June 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Banksy graffiti mural vandalised with paint gun". The Telegraph. 24 June 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  13. ^ Morris, Steven (3 October 2011). "Banksy classic artwork defaced in Bristol as graffiti war re-erupts". The Guardian. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  14. ^ Wood, Alex (24 February 2018). "Banksy's iconic Park Street artwork 'Well Hung Lover' defaced". Bristol Post. Retrieved 26 February 2018.
  15. ^ "Banksy's Earliest Bristol Mural 'Well Hung Lover' Vandalised". Artlyst. 26 February 2018. Retrieved 27 June 2020.