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  • The Chinese artists I've collected include Zhang Xiaogang , famous for his 'Bloodline' paintings of Chinese families, and one not-so-famous painter, Yang Shaobin , who has been called the Francis Bacon of China.

    A Connoisseur of Novelty, Big Apple to Beijing

  • The first famous English scientist of the name Francis Bacon (1220-1292) was a Franciscan monk who stressed the importance of experimentation, also first showed air is required for combustion and first used lenses to correct vision.


  • Nevertheless this period includes in prose one writer greater than any prose writer of the previous century, namely Francis Bacon, and, further, the book which unquestionably occupies the highest place in English literature, that is the King James version of the Bible; and in poetry it includes one of the very greatest figures, John Milton, together with a varied and highly interesting assemblage of lesser lyrists.

    A History of English Literature

  • The carved oak pulpit of early seventeenth-century work, with its sounding-board and iron frame for the hour-glass, demands attention; but the chief attraction of the church for many is the alabaster statue of Francis Bacon, which is placed in a niche in the north wall of the chancel.

    Bell's Cathedrals: The Cathedral Church of Saint Albans With an Account of the Fabric & a Short History of the Abbey

  • Indeed, the artist aspect is important because Maybury isn't interested in providing a strict biographical account of his subject, namely Francis Bacon, and delivery fact after fact after fact, but instead offers up an investigation or perhaps even an interpretation.

    DVD Times

  • "Francis Bacon" presents 82 paintings and 15 drawings in a comprehensive retrospective of the work of Irish born artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992).

    Time Off Europe Calendar

  • He went so far as to write and star in a play called "I Am Shakespeare" that considered other possible candidates, such as Francis Bacon and the Earl of Oxford.

    This Tony-Nominated Actor

  • "Knowledge is power," said Francis Bacon, meaning thereby that to know the connection between causes and effects was to be able to regulate conditions so as to be able to produce desirable effects and eliminate undesirable ones.

    Human Traits and their Social Significance

  • It will have been seen that the text of Shakespeare's plays gives no evidence tending to show any greater familiarity with precious stones than could be gathered from the poetry of his day, and from his intercourse with classical scholars, such as Francis Bacon, Ben

    Shakespeare and Precious Stones Treating of the Known References of Precious Stones in Shakespeare's Works, with Comments as to the Origin of His Material, the Knowledge of the Poet Concerning Precious Stones, and References as to Where the Precious Stones of His Time Came from

  • When I first met Mr. Bradsell he was working at the Colony Room Club, a pretty exclusive artsy joint that was opened by Muriel Belcher in the 1940s, and was frequented by luminaries such as Francis Bacon, the Anglo-Irish painter whose portrait of Belcher sold in Paris for a whopping 13.7 million euros in 2007.

    SFGate: Top News Stories


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  • "That man who paints those dreadful pictures."
    --Margaret Thatcher

    April 21, 2011