This work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonne on Francis Bacon being compiled by Martin Harrison.
Dogs and other animals were often subjects for Bacon. Animals made an appearance in Bacon's work as early as "Figures in a garden 1936," although they appear less often in the last two decades of his life. The animals he painted most were dogs and primates, the greater number of works dating the 1950s. "Dog 1952" is in the Tate, "Man and Dog" is in the Albright Knox Gallery, New York and "Study for a running dog c 1954" is in The National Gallery of Art Washington.