oil on canvas
24.02 in. (61.00 cm.) (height) by 19.96 in. (50.70 cm.) (width)
Bath, Victoria Art Gallery, Three Masters of modern British Painting: Sir Matthew Smith, Victor Pasmore, Francis Bacon, 1958, no. 50, p. 12 (titled Portrait of a Cardinal and incorrectly dated 1954). This exhibition later travelled to Carlisle, Carlisle Art Gallery; Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Art Gallery; Bournemouth, Bournemouth College of Art; Manchester, Manchester City Art Gallery and Cheltenham, Cheltenham Art Gallery (incorrectly titled ‘Portrait of Cardinal, 1954’). London, Piccadilly Gallery, Paintings Drawings and Sculpture, 1961, no. 1. Turin, Galleria Civica d’Arte Moderna, Francis Bacon, 1962, p. 100, no. 36 (illustrated in colour, p. 101).
J. Rothenstein and R. Alley, Francis Bacon Catalogue Raisonné, London 1964, p. 99, no. 107. M. Harrison, ed., Francis Bacon: Catalogue Raisonné: Volume II 1929-57, London 2016, p. 448, no. 55-14 (illustrated in colour, p. 449; listed with 'location unknown').
Kenneth John Hewett, London. James and Brenda Bomford, Aldbourne. Brook Street Gallery, London. Piccadilly Gallery, London. Galleria d’Arte Galatea, Turin. Acquired from the above in December 1963. Thence by descent to present owner.