The reconstruction of the artist Francis Bacon's studio at Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane is nearing completion.

The entire studio of the Dublin born artist Francis Bacon has been shipped in pieces from 7 Reece Mews, South Kensington in London to Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. A team of archaeologists is painstakingly reconstructing the studio to look exactly as it did on the day the artist died in 1992 aged 82.

Francis Bacon's studio was donated to the Hugh Lane Gallery in 1998 by his sole heir and long time companion John Edwards. The National Millennium Committee is providing a £300,000 grant towards the cost of reconstructing the studio in scaled conditions at the Dublin gallery.

Head of Collections and Deputy Director of Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane Dr Margarita Cappock describes the variety of material in the studio,

I think in its entirety the project is unprecedented in the International art world.

Recently a Japanese gallery offered two million dollars for a wooden door from Francis Bacon's studio. The door with its splodges of blue, white and pink paint doubled as a palette where the artist tested his colours.

When completed the studio will be sealed and special tubes with wide angles lenses will allow people to see inside. 

The studio will be formally unveiled on 22 May 2001.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 September 2000. The reporter is Colm Connolly.