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In a perilous last-ditch ﬂight from the Nazis, Sigmund Freud arrived in London with his family in 1938, moving into the substantial red brick house in Hampstead which he predicted would be "his last address on this planet." The following year he died of cancer of the throat. This, the most atmospheric of all London museums, is strangely little known. At its heart is Freud's own study and consulting room, drawing its peculiar aura of enchantment from his famous collection of antiquities in bronze, stone, and terracotta, sent on from Vienna, and enriched by the colour and texture of the carpets and hangings. Most magniﬁcent of these is the ﬁve-sided deep-red-and-blue rug, woven by one of the tribal groups of the Qashqai confederacy of Western Iran, draped over the couch employed by Freud for his analyses. Dream on.
Fiona MacCarthy is a cultural historian and author of biographies of Eric Gill and William Morris.