There are fewer than fifty different Bacon lithographs, all of which are after paintings. Published in 1966 for the exhibition of seventeen Bacon paintings at the Galerie Maeght,Paris, this portrait is from an edition produced on quality Vélin de Rives paper.
The lithograph derives from one of the many paintings Bacon made of his friend, the artist Isabel Rawsthorne. The original oil painting is held by the Tate Gallery, “He preferred to base such works on photographs of the subject rather than work from life. Intimate knowledge of the sitter was also essential. ‘What I want to do is to distort the thing far beyond the appearance, but in the distortion to bring it back to a recording of the appearance’, he said”. (Tate, London)