Granted the Freedom of the City of London in 1991 for her work as a sculptor, Jane McAdam had to present her birth certificate to a committee during the approval process. It listed the name and occupation of her father: Lucian Freud, artist.
“They were saying, what on earth is this? Why didn’t you tell us? We discovered you!” she said in an interview in 2011, the year of his death. “And then suddenly, everything changed.”
She worried about becoming widely recognized as one of Freud’s many children, concerned that her status as a successful artist in her own right would be subsumed by his celebrity and notoriety. On the other hand, it was painful to read about him in the press and know few