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Freese Cyril Harry

Year working: 1902 - 1959

A small archive of the works of Cyril and Stanley Freese appeared in a Norfolk auction in 2010. Besides various pieces of original art there were printed examples of artwork from BECLAWAT (Becket, Laycock & Watkinson Ltd) and editorial artwork from Motor Commerce for June 1927. Some of the original art was signed Cyril Freese and the earliest date seen was 1921. Yet interestingly other art had the name on the reverse for Stanley Freese with a London address. Otherwise there was no indication as to which brother had completed the art. Following communication from Andrew Freese it has been possible to piece the story together. The brothers were twins born in Kentish Town, London. They attended school in Buckinghamshire but had little enthusiasm for schooling and deveoped their art talents. It would seem that they worked at a commercial art studio in Shaftsbury Lane, London. Most of the automobile drawings in this archive were from this early period in their lives. The brothers also developed an interest in Windmills, particularly Stanley. His first published work was IN SEARCH OF ENGLISH WINDMILLS 1932. This contains sketches of the windmills.

Further reference


Szaire-Berwick illustration. Watercolour dated 1921 and signed by Cyril.

Austin 12 original gouache illustration

Sketch of Rolls-Royce

Unfinished study

Drawing of Vauxhall car signed Cyril Freese