Francis Bacon: Edmund Clerihew Bentley

Francis_Bacon,_Viscount_St_Alban_from_NPG_(2)

When their lordships asked Bacon
How many bribes he had taken
He had at least the grace
To get very red in the face.

Edmund Clerihew Bentley  1875-1956

‘Bacon’ (1939)

You can read more about the life of this fascinating man before his career ended in disgrace here.

The illustration is Portrait of Francis Bacon, Viscount St Alban, by John Vanderbank, 1731?, after a portrait by an unknown artist (circa 1618) via Wikimedia

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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