Cecil Beaton (1904–1980) was one of Bacon’s most distinguished photographers. Beaton made his name in the 1920s as a photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair and he soon became famous for his society portraits including those of royalty. He was also a designer and produced scenery and costumes for many ballets, operas, films and theatrical productions. In 1959 and 1960, Beaton took a number of photographs of Bacon in his Battersea studio.
Image: Francis Bacon and Cecil Beaton at an exhibition of the artist's work at the Marlborough Gallery, London on March 24, 1960 © Evening Standard/Getty Images