'Francis Bacon, 82, Artist of the Macabre, Dies: Francis Bacon, Painter, Is Dead at 82' 'Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois and Franz Xaver Messerschmidt: Cheim and Read' 'Francis Bacon, confounder of art critics: Master of ebullient despair' 'Francis Bacon, the Papal Portraits of 1953' 'Francis Bacon/Henry Moore: Flesh and Bone, Ashmolean Museum' Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount Saint Alban, KC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626) was an English philosopher, statesman, scientist, lawyer, jurist, author and pioneer of the scientific method. Francis Bacon was born into a prominent wealthy family in London, England, on January 2, 1561. Biography. Francis Bacon facts: The English artist Francis Bacon (1909-1992) was one of the most powerful and original figure painters in contemporary art, particularly noted for the obsessive intensity of his work. Francis Bacon was born January, 22, 1561, the second child of Sir Nicholas Bacon (Lord Keeper of the Seal) and his second wife Lady Anne Cooke Bacon, daughter of Sir Anthony Cooke, tutor to Edward VI and one of the leading humanists of the age. His Australian-born father, Anthony Edward Mortimer Bacon was a retired British Army Major beginning a new career as a horse trainer and breeder in Ireland. The painter Frances Bacon was born in Dublin, Ireland on the 28 October 1909 to English parents. He was the family’s youngest son. Bacon’s father was Sir Nicholas Bacon, who held the powerful government position of Lord Keeper of the Great Seal. He served both as Attorney General and Lord Chancellor of England. Francis Bacon Biography, Life, Interesting Facts Childhood and Early Life. https://www.sunsigns.org/famousbirthdays/d/profile/francis-bacon 1.