Sigmund Freud's monument

This bronze statue of Sigmund Freud by Oscar Nemon can be seen in the London's area of Hampstead (at the corner between Fitzjohn's Avenue and Belsize Lane), not far from his last home.

"The statue was sculpted by Oscar Nemon, who originally sculpted Freud in 1931 for his 75th birthday in Vienna, where it was intended to be erected. Working in short stints between Freud’s own sessions with his patients, Nemon produced a series of portrait heads in wood, bronze and plaster. Nemon first created the carved wooden bust now on display in the Freud Museum in London. Both Freud and Nemon escaped from the Nazis to London; hence the statue was erected here. The statue was sculpted in 1971 and was originally located behind Swiss Cottage Library where it was not clearly visible. It was moved to its current location in 1998 by a collaboration including the Freud Museum, which is nearby and was previously Freud’s home, at the end of his life. In 2018, exactly 80 years after Sigmund Freud was forced to leave Vienna in 1938, the Medical University of Vienna unveiled a sculpture of Freud, also created by Oscar Nemon"1.

  • Photos by Luca Borghi ti.supmacinu|ihgrob.l#| (August 2011)


- Neil Snowise, “London’s statues of medical history: four memorable physicians”, Commentary (RCP), June 2019, p. 25

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