Francis Bacon’s Black Period

In 1982 Westminster City Council dictated that licensed sex shops should have completely blacked out windows. Unbeknownst to them, Gordon Sergeant had already decided that a black window would lend the shop a dark, mysterious yet irresistibly inviting look.  The eminent artist and ardent fan of Janus, Francis Bacon, kindly offered to paint the boards that were used to protect the public from a glimpse of something shocking. Champagne flowed as a gathering of distinguished Soho figures witnessed this event.  Francis is pictured here outside the shop with his long time friend and companion, John Edwards.

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