Catalogue entry

Inscr. on back of canvas ‘Decem. 46 Lucian Freud’.
Canvas, 24×19 3/4 (61×50).
Purchased at Sotheby's (Grant-in-Aid) 1961.
Coll: Purchased by Peter Meyer from the London Gallery 1950 and sold Sotheby's, 26 April 1961 (114); bought by Mrs R. Rhys on behalf of the Tate Gallery.
Exh: Recent Paintings and Drawings by John Craxton and Lucian Freud, London Gallery, October–November 1947 (40), as ‘Selfportrait’; Arts Council tour, Three Young Collectors, 1952–3 (29); Venice Biennale, 1954 (British Pavilion, 71), as ‘Man with a Thistle’.
Repr: Penguin New Writing. No.32, 1947, between pp.96 and 97; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery, 1962, p.258.

Also known as ‘Man with a Thistle’. The artist made a number of other paintings and drawings of himself about the same time.

Published in:
Mary Chamot, Dennis Farr and Martin Butlin, The Modern British Paintings, Drawings and Sculpture, London 1964, I