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To The Editor, The Times; Letter for publication

Dear Sir,

Regarding your article "Tate bring home a 20m Bacon collection" (The Times, 19.01.04), I was astonished that the Tate Gallery has acquired the Barry Joule Archive of alleged Francis Bacon sketches and doodlings donated by Barry Joule. Even an 'O' Level art student could tell that these are very bad fakes: everything in Joule's Archive is over scratched and scribbled and far too naive for Bacon's sophistication - for even Bacon's own sketches had a suave line.

Even if Mr. Joule acquired some of these over-sketched photographs from Bacon's Reece Mews studio they are certainly not from the hand of Bacon. I suggest Joule acquired some photographs from the studio and that they were subsequently doctored. The Francis Bacon Estate was correct and insightful in not authenticating this rubbish, which is only fit to be put out with the garbage.

Yours faithfully,
Mr. Alexander Russell

School of Francis Bacon,
London WC1N 1PB

Tel: 0207-278-5322

School of Francis Bacon is at:
www.alexalienart.com
alex@lalage52.freeserve.co.uk
Sat Jan 24, 2004 6:35 pm
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