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Donald Maxwell's remarkable artistic achievement is presented here for the first time. Drawing on documents, sketches and photographs in the family's possession, the artist's grandson, Michael Ffinch, has written a finely researched biography of a most versatile and energetic artist, whose work brought important events to a wide public in the days before the development of photography.
Maxwell came to the fore in the years leading up to the outbreak of the First World War when his dramatic sketch of the Battle Fleet, the greatest fleet ever assembled, was featured on the front page of the Daily Graphic. This marked the beginning of a long and distinguished career as a naval artist-correspondent.
In 1910 Maxwell joined The Graphic, the weekly magazine with which he was associated for many years, providing detailed sketches of naval combat, and some of the very first pictures of war in the air.
In 1916, as an officer in the R.N.V.R. he became Official Artist to the Admiralty, and there are over 100 of his paintings in the Imperial War Museum.
After the War Maxwell remained on the staff of The Prince of Wales' Tour of India (1921-2) and the Wembley Exhibition (1924), but he was by now also well known as the author and illustrator of his own books.
Maxwell's love of the Kentish landscape, and in particular the Medway Valley where he and his family lived, was depicted in his Unknown Kent and The Enchanted Road. However he was just as much as home in Kipling's Sussex, Hardy's Dorset, the West Country and East Anglia. He is perhaps best known as the author of nine of the 'Unknown' County Series.
In 1927 he began to draw for The Church Times, and until his death provided an illustrated article almost every week. The series of sketches of the English Cathedrals begun in 1930 was among his finest work.
One of the important features of Michael Ffinch's biography is its Bibliography and Check List with over 1000 entries, covering Maxwell's work for many newspapers and magazines. This makes it an essential book of reference on the artist hand his era.