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Bacon Collection Donated to Tate

Francis Bacon’s former friend and handyman has donated more than one thousand items relating to the late painter to the Tate Gallery, Sherna Noah reports in The Scotsman. Canadian Barry Joule, 49, was Bacon’s friend for fourteen years after he put up a television aerial at his neighbor’s home in South Kensington in 1978. The donation, which includes drawn-over newspaper cuttings, photographs of the painter with friends, and some preliminary sketches, is one of the most generous to date to the Tate’s archives.