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Elizabeth Lamle

Visual Arts, University of Birmingham

Thesis title:

Lucian Freud's Childhood Correspondence and Drawings

This project aims to create a focused study on family migration and network theory through an examination of Lucian Freud’s early childhood drawings and correspondence. In collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery, the recently acquired materials from the Lucian Freud Archive offer a unique opportunity to explore Freud’s life and work from a new perspective, in relation to childhood and social relations, taking the scholarship on Freud beyond a (psycho)biographic focus. With that in mind, this research will address questions such as: how can Freud’s early drawings provide a new understanding of his work and of artist childhood studies? What can this correspondence between Freud and his family reveal about multi-generational family migration within exile studies? What role do networks play in family migration?

Research Area

  • Art History
  • Visual Arts


  • A Child's Perspective on Migration: Lucian Freud's Unpublished Childhood Correspondence and drawings,' (in collaboration with Dr Jutta Vinzent), Innocence and Experience: Childhood and the 1930s Refugees, Research Centre for German & Austrian Exile Studies at the IMLR, December 2021