I was wondering how to connect Sir Francis Bacon (the 16th century statesman and philosopher), to Francis Bacon (the 20th century artist).
Yes, according to Wikipedia “it is believed [Francis Bacon’s] father was a direct descendant of Sir Nicholas Bacon, elder half-brother of Sir Francis Bacon”—but what’s the fun in that? And there’s this, but that’s different.
Based on cursory research, it turns out there are just four degrees of separation…
- Sir Francis Bacon was a confidential adviser to Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex.
- Charlton Heston portrayed Essex in the 1968 TV series Elizabeth The Queen.
- Sophia Loren starred in the Academy Award-winning film El Cid with Heston.
- In 2007 Loren auctioned Bacon’s 1956 painting Study for Portrait II for a record $27.5 million.
Original photographs by Paul Popper, left, and John Deakin.