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 Francis H. Bacon  (1856 - 1940)

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Lived/Active: Massachusetts/Illinois / Turkey      Known for: drawing, painting, design, archaeology

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FRANCIS HENRY BACON, 1856-1940, Artist, decorator, archaeologist.

Bacon did very few paintings. His major work was in pen and ink and his writings are profusely illustrated. As a designer he introduced classic elements in his furniture, which was, for the most part, Colonial Revival.

Born in Chicago, first of seven children. Both parents were from the Boston area, descended from early settlers. Father was a Civil Engineer who worked in Indiana, Michigan, Maine and North Carolina.

Married Alice Calvert, 1885, niece of the American Consul at Canakkale, Turkey. Son: Frederick Calvert, 1886-1947.  Member Assos (Turkey) excavation team sponsored by Archeological Institute of America, 1881-3.  Died and is buried in Canakkale, where he retired in 1930. Brother of Henry Bacon, designer of Lincoln Memorial, who was influenced by Francis's classical training.

Education and Training:
M.I.T.: Architecture under W. R. Ware 1874-76. Painting student of Theodore Otto Langerfeldt, 1877; Painting student of Gabriel Max at the Royal Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, 1878. Employed by McKim, Mead & White, 1879; Herter Brothers, 1879-1881; H. H. Richardson, 1884; A. B. Davenport 1884-1906 as chief designer and vice president; founded Francis H. Bacon Co. (1907-c.1932.)

Art Organizations:
Architectural League of New York; Boston Society of Architects; Boston Society of Arts and Crafts; Tavern Club, Boston.

Furniture in Major Museums:
New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, American Wing; Chicago Historical Society; Art Institute of Chicago; Boston Museum of Fine Arts; White House; Library of Congress: Declaration of Independence and Constitution of US case, on display from 1922-1952.

Sources include:
Allen, S. H. Finding the Walls of Troy, University of California Press, 1999.
Bacon, F. H., Clarke, J.T. and Koldewey, R. Investigations at Assos, Drawings and Photographs of the Buildings and Objects Discovered during the Excavations of 1881-1882-1883. Cambridge: Archaeological Institute of America, 1902-21.
Bacon, F. H. "Extracts from 'The Log of the Dorian,'" Architectural Review, July-December, 1912.
--------------- "The Log of the Dorian," 1894. Unpublished.
--------------- "Assos Days," 1923. Unpublished.
Bragdon, C. "Francis H. Bacon, 1857 [sic]-1940," Architectural Forum 72 (March, 1940) 189-190.
Congdon, L. O. K., ed. "The Assos Journals of Francis H. Bacon," Archaeology, 27.2 (1974) 83-95 (also available at bacon.html).
Dinsmoor. W B. "Francis H. Bacon," American Journal of Archaeology 44 (1940) 117.
Thomas, C. A. "Francis H. Bacon. Master Draftsman as Archaeologist," The Classicist 2 (1995-1996) 28-33.

Submitted by Helen Bacon Landry whose grandfather was a first cousin of the artist.

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