portrait of this blog's author - by Stephen Blackman 2008

Saturday, April 25, 2020


After reports of his disappearing, Peter Beard (82) was found dead in the grounds of his property some three weeks later. Muse for artist Francis Bacon, artist, diarist, socialite, wildlife photographer and advocate, larger than life bon viveur and unique man of the world we will not see his like again.

Leopards from Beard's book on Africa

Beard Triptych by Francis Bacon - Francis went on to paint him over 9 times

Beard portrait by Francis Bacon

Beard trampled by a rogue elephant being taken to hospital in the back of a car, his internal injuries so bad he wasn't expected to survive.

Bacon by Beard

Beard by Bacon

portrait of Peter Beard by F Bacon on his studio floor

Rhino by P Beard
Peter Beard in the Eighties with his wife supermodel Cheryl Tiegs

                          “Life is just a flick of the fingers. Let’s face it.”  Peter Beard

Beard in 2008 Photograph: Sipa/Rex/Shutterstock

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