Lucian Freud portraits are given to Britain

Lucian Freud portraits are given to Britain

Lucian Freud portraits painted after a chance meeting with a hitchhiker are given to Britain

  • Two Lucian Freud portraits have been donated to Britain in lieu of inheritance tax
  • Freud painted Lady Scott over eight sittings – twice in 1952 and six times in 1954
  • The Freud paintings were donated by the Scott family trust on condition they are kept at an art gallery in the Lake District 

Two Lucian Freud portraits have been donated to the nation.

The family that owned them has handed them over in lieu of inheritance tax.

The portraits show Lady Scott – wife of the philanthropist Oliver Scott – and their daughter Hermione.


The two early portraits, one of Lady Scott, left, and her daughter Hermione, right,  by Lucian Freud have been donated to the nation in lieu of inheritance tax 

The family’s connection with the artist began when Scott picked up Freud’s hitchhiking girlfriend.

Freud painted Lady Scott over eight sittings – twice in 1952 and six times in 1954.

Six years later when Freud mentioned he owed some money, Scott offered to repay the debt in exchange for a further portrait of his daughter. 


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Scott, who led pioneering cancer research, later became Sir Oliver, 3rd Baronet of Yews. He and his wife both died in 2016.

The Freud paintings were donated by the Scott family trust on condition they are kept at an art gallery in the Lake District – an area the family has lived in for decades. 

Freud, who died in 2011, is regarded as one of Britain’s greatest artists of the 20th century.

His 1995 work – Benefits Supervisor Sleeping – sold for £44million at an auction in New York three years ago.

The Freud paintings were donated by the Scott family trust on condition they are kept at an art gallery in the Lake District, the Abbot Hall Art Gallery in Kendal (pictured) 

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