FRERE-SMITH, Sylvia Adrienne

1891 - 1974

As Sylvia Adrienne, later sometimes Adrienne Sylvia, Naftel, she was born at Seacombe, Cheshire on 25 September 1891, daughter of Percy Hartley Naftel, an electrical engineer, and his wife Clara Margaret née Jones, who married at Birkenhead in 1899. In 1911, a 19 year old living at The Homestead, Mere Lane, Wallasey, Cheshire, with her parents, 51 year old Percy and 36 year old Clara, with three siblings. She married at Birkenhead, Cheshire in 1919, Percival Frere-Smith, son of Charles Thomas Smith and Julia Emily Greathead. In 1939 they were living at Sutton Valence, Sutton Place, Hollingbourne, Kent where her husband Percival, who was born on 8 September 1877, died in January 1960, aged 82 and Adrienne, who was known as Sylvia, died at Maidstone, Kent in 1974. They had four children Geoffrey Naftel Frere-Smith (12 June 1920-Sep 2003); Matthew Frere-Smith (16 May 1923-Dec 1999); Rendel Frere-Smith (born 1925) and Christopher Newman Frere-Smith (28 March 1928-October 2000). The Southwold Art Circle has the 'Sylvia Frere-Smith Award' for a watercolour which was founded by a donation of 100 made to the Art Circle by her son, Great Yarmouth sculptor Geoffrey Frere-Smith in memory of his mother, which is awarded to a member annually. She was probably not an artist painter.