Newly discovered sketches may help understand the mind of the artist Francis Bacon.

Following the death of the Irish-born artist Francis Bacon in 1992, his studio at 7 Reece Mews in Kensington, London, where Bacon lived and worked for over 30 years, lay intact.

In 1998 the studio was donated to the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Then, the meticulous process began of documenting each item in the studio so it could be been re-built as a permanent installation in the Gallery.

Some of the discoveries uncovered in Bacon’s studio include over 100 sketches, 1,500 photographs and 200 manipulated images, as well as over 100 slashed canvasses.

The sketches in particular give a valuable insight on Bacon’s work, as they dispel his assertion that he did not carry out preliminary drawings for his post-war work. Sketches discovered of some of his most famous works show they were more carefully planned than had previously been thought.

Experts have described the find as hugely significant and Director Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Barbara Dawson agrees.

It’s a very important discovery because for the first time we have revealed how Francis Bacon approached his work and the material we have discovered was inspirational in him painting these extraordinary images which are considered some of the finest paintings of the 20th century.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 September 2002. The reporter is Bernard McMullan.