Ernst L. Freud
Ernst Freud established his practice in Berlin in 1920 where a large number of his clients were doctors. The majority of his commissions were for houses and consulting rooms and he worked in an Art Deco style but by 1930 had begun to work in a modern style showing the influence of Mies van der Rohe. Examples of this include a cigarette factory in Berlin and a house and consulting room for Dr. Frank in Potsdam.
In 1933 with the rise to power of the Nazis, Ernst Freud left Berlin for London where he settled in St. John's Wood. He secured a number of commissions for private houses and blocks of flats around Hampstead including the notable Frognal Close in 1938, Belvedere Court, Lyttelton Road and a consulting room for Melanie Klein. In 1938 his father Sigmund and younger sister Anna Freud joined Ernst in London and moved into a house in Hampstead that Ernst remodelled including the creation of a glazed garden room. The house today is the Freud Museum.
Marriage and family
Freud married Lucie Brasch, daughter of Joseph Brasch, a wealthy Berlin corn merchant. Lucie had studied classical philology in Munich, as well as art history with Heinrich Wölfflin. Ernst and Lucie had three sons: Stephen Gabriel Freud, the politician and broadcaster Clement Freud and the painter Lucian Freud, who was named for his mother. Ernst Freud and his family were naturalised British subjects at the end of August 1939.
Clement Freud wrote a memoir in which, according to journalist Harriet Lane, "there are a few moments when indignation or irritation surge to the surface. In conversation, he is prepared to go further. In the book, for instance, he fudges his parents' non-appearance at his 1950 church wedding to actress Jill Raymond (who now runs two theatre companies in Suffolk). My interpretation had been that they had not been invited. But he corrects me on this. They were asked but chose, as atheists, not to attend."
- Harriet Lane, 'Interview: The Freud who hates therapy: Sir Clement Freud', The Observer, 14 October 2001, Review Pages, Pg. 3.
- Welter, Volker (2012). Ernst L. Freud, Architect. New York: Berghahn Books. p. 34. ISBN 978-0-85745-233-7.
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