Jump to content

Statues of Francis Bacon

A Phoenix

Recommended Posts

1 hour ago, A Phoenix said:

Thanks for these Eric, brilliant to read and see again. The Hall today is exactly as it was in Bacon's day - it sufferered damage during the wars but the walls remained. Just through the arch and to the left was where the Bacon family lodgings were. So FB was never more than a few steps away from where all the masques, entertainments and The Comedy of Errors was first performed.

Hi A Phoenix

Not long ago you were walking in his very footsteps I imagine. Has there ever been a Francis Bacon trivia night? One of the questions might be:

Other than on his wedding day, on what other occasion did Sir Francis Bacon wear the colour purple?

Holborn: Inns of Court and Chancery

Old and New London: Volume 2. Originally published by Cassell, Petter & Galpin, London, 1878.


At Gray's Inn, Francis Bacon was not singular in loving rich clothes, and running into debt for satin and velvet, jewels and brocade, lace and feathers. Even of that contemner of frivolous men and vain pursuits, Edward Coke, biography assures us that 'the jewel of his mind was put into a fair case—a beautiful body with a comely countenance: a case which he did wipe and keep clean, delighting in good clothes well worn; being wont to say that the outward neatness of our bodies might be a monitor of purity to our souls.'"

Francis Bacon's progress from Gray's Inn to Westminster, on the 7th of May, 1617, has been described by many writers, who, however widely they differ in estimating the moral worth of the new Lord Keeper, concur in celebrating the gorgeousness of his pageant:—"On the first day of Trinity Term, May 7th, says Mr. Hepworth Dixon, in his "Story of Lord Bacon's Life," "he rode from Gray's Inn, which he had not yet left, to Westminster Hall, to open the courts in state, all London turning out to do him honour, the queen sending the lords of her household, Prince Charles the whole of his followers—the lords of the council, the judges, and serjeants composing his immediate train. On his right hand rode the Lord Treasurer, on his left the Lord Privy Seal, behind them a long procession of earls and barons, knights and gentlemen. Every one, says George Gerard, who could procure a horse and a footcloth fell into the train, so that more than 200 horsemen rode behind him, through crowds of citizens and apprentice boys from Cheap, of players from Bankside, of the Puritan hearers of Burgess, of the Roman Catholic friends of Danvers and Armstrong; and he rode, as popular in the streets as he had been in the House of Commons, down Chancery Lane and the Strand, past Charing Cross, through the open courts of Whitehall, and by King Street into Palace Yard. He wore on that day, as he had worn on his bridal day, a suit of purple satin. Alighting at the gates of Westminster Hall, and passing into the Court, he took his seat on the bench; when the company had entered, and the criers commanded silence, he addressed them on his intention to reform the rules and practices of the court."


  • Like 2
  • Wow! 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...
On 4/27/2024 at 10:02 PM, Eric Roberts said:

Delightfully written by Paul D Cravath, there is this short history of the Inn.

Thank you, Eric. That was a pleasant, informative read. According to the Gray's Inn website, Bacon was one of the first to become a Bencher (a position of highest honor and leadership) at Gray's Inn (just four years after he was admitted to the bar), without having first been a Reader. He gave his first Reading in 1588 and his second in 1600. (from the Grays Inn website, "history, members, biographies, Francis Bacon," "history timeline, Francis Bacon" and "history, past members, benchers," cited in my book, Francis Bacon's Hidden Hand, p. 109). https://www.graysinn.org.uk/the-inn/history/

The Cravath article says "The Readings were lectures delivered by the members of the Society upon their election to the position of Bencher, the highest honor in the Society (Cravath article, 19-21, at 20).

I had not realized there was quite so much revelry and masqueing going on as is reported here. I had heard of the famous 1594 "Christmas revels," of course; but according to this article, the revelry began "as early as All Hallow's day" for the 1594 revels reported in the Gesta Grayorum. It is notable that Francis Bacon was acknowledged "in his time [as] the chief spirit in all revels and masques" (Cravath article, p. 20.

Cravath is an old, prestigious New York City law firm. ttps://www.cravath.com/our-story/history/index.html

  • Like 4
  • Thanks 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 3 weeks later...
14 hours ago, Eric Roberts said:


Arkwright Building, Shakespeare Street, Nottingham

Statue of Sir Francis Bacon, c.1880, On same facade:

Shakespeare, Newton, Milton. 






My first time seeing I am sure! 🙂



  • Like 3

157     www.Light-of-Truth.com     287
<-- 1 8 8 1 1
O 1 1 8 8 1 -->

Link to comment
Share on other sites




























Edited by Eric Roberts
  • Like 2
  • Wow! 3
Link to comment
Share on other sites

  • 4 weeks later...

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
  • Create New...