Freud, Sigmund (1856 – 1939)

Magnificent signed portrait by Freud, dated 1936

An exceptional vintage matte-finish 6.5″ x 9″ photo of the pioneering psychoanalyst in a near-profile pose, affixed to its original 9″ x 12″ mount, signed on the mount in fountain pen, ‘Sigm. Freud, 1936’. In fine condition, with the partially detached photo easily reattached, and staining the bottom edge of the mount easily matted out. Extremely rare and desirable in this format.

This photograph was presented to Dr. Joseph Jules Michaels by Anna Freud, Sigmund’s sixth and youngest child. Dr. Michaels was a professor of Psychiatry and Psychoanalysis at Harvard University from 1936 until his death in 1966. His extensive research dealt in the causes of delinquency and impulse character disorders. He was the author of more than 90 articles and books in the field. Beginning in 1933, he trained at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute as a Commonwealth Fund Fellow. During WWII, as a major in the Medical Corps, he was chief of neuropsychiatric service at the Newton D. Baker Hospital, later receiving the Legion of Merit. Anna Freud gifted this photo to Michaels in Vienna as the two of them studied dream interpretation together.