Why a mews was Bacon’s perfect base

As the 2016 Turner Prize Exhibition opens its doors to the public, showcasing the work of up and coming artists, it’s interesting to reflect on the way some of our greatest artists have been attracted to work in mews houses

Mews properties seem to offer two important benefits to artists: they provide a sanctuary from the outside world and a safe, enclosed space where creative inspiration can take flight. It seems the acclaimed painter Francis Bacon – who died in 1992 – insisted on working in a traditional mews property with none of the modern comforts enjoyed by contemporary mews-dwellers.At one time he was even given the chance to paint in South Africa, but rejected the offer in preference to his London mews studio.At Lurot Brand we handle a wide range of mews properties for sale or rent. Most have been renovated to a high standard and many of them offer light-filled spaces that are perfect for artists to work in. If you’re feeling creative – or you simply need a smart contemporary home in one of the capital’s most sought-after areas – call us today.

Francis Bacon’s studio at 7 Reece Mews, South Kensington. It had been left the way it was when he died, on April 28 1992, and it was a chaos of slashed canvases, paint-splashed walls, cloths, brushes, champagne boxes, a large mirror.

Website URL: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2008/sep/05/francis.bacon