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Freud Museum London

See the handwritten list kept by Sigmund Freud of the famous names who visited him whilst he practiced in London.

Object:

View the Smythson notebook containing Freud's manuscript list of visitors and patients received during his time in London. The book covers the period from mid-1938, when Freud arrived in England, to May 1939, just a few months before his death. Approximately one third of the book was used to record patients and social visitors, all lettered in blue ink in Freud's somewhat shaky hand. Among notable visitors recorded are Salvador Dalí, H.G. Wells, Leonard and Virginia Woolf, and Melanie Klein.

The significance of this notebook lies not so much in its content (it contains no detailed information about any of the names listed) as in the value placed on it by Freud himself. With the exception of a few notes in his Brief Chronicle this is the only record he kept of his visitors during these last years of his life and as well as being a visitors' book, it was also his account book for the patients he continued to treat until soon before his death. This must have been an important way in which Freud retained continuity in his life and work after his traumatic departure from Austria and his arrival in London as a refugee from the Nazi occupation. 

Freud Museum London
Visit the Freud Museum London to see Freud’s handwritten list of his visitors during the last years of his life in London. Courtesy of Freud Museum London

Visit:

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
London
NW3 5SX

Open 12 - 5 pm

Admission: Adults: £8.00, Senior Citizens: £6.00, Concessions: £4.00 (students with valid ID cards, children aged 12-16, UK unemployed persons - with proof, disabled persons), Children under 12: Free
For a full list of concessions visit the Museum website.

www.freud.org.uk 

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