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Maxwell Armfield (1881-1972)

Painter and decorative artist, especially in tempera, and writer. Born in Ringwood, Hampshire, Armfield was educated at Birmingham School of Art - there is a Birminfham Arts and Crafts flavour in his pictures - then in Paris and Italy. Exhibited extensively, including RA, Fine Art Society, for long a noted dealer in his work, NEAC, Leicester Galleries and abroad. His work is held by the British Museum, provincial and overseas galleries. He illustrated about 20 books and wrote A Manual of Tempera Painting, Tempera Painting Today, An Artist in America and An Artist in Italy. During World War I, with his writer wife Constance Smedley, Armfield attempted to set up a high-flown peoples' Greenleaf Theatre in his studio, an abortive venture amusingly recalled by Margaret Gardiner in her book A Scatter of Memories. Armfield was a painter of landscape and still life well crafted and full of detail. Lived in Bath, Somerset.

Pot of Delf
Maxwell Armfield
Pot of Delf  For sale
£3500
Pacific Portrait, c.1915–22
Maxwell Armfield
Pacific Portrait, c.1915–22  Reserved 
Profile portrait of a Navaho Indian
Maxwell Armfield
Profile portrait of a Navaho Indian  Reserved 
Love in the Mist - study of a...
Maxwell Armfield
Love in the Mist - study of a...  Sold 
Datura in Bronze
Maxwell Armfield
Datura in Bronze  Sold 
As the crackling of thorns under a...
Maxwell Armfield
As the crackling of thorns under a...  Sold 
Winter Wood
Maxwell Armfield
Winter Wood  Sold 
Still Life, Grand Canyon, 1917
Maxwell Armfield
Still Life, Grand Canyon, 1917  Sold 
Still life with Pheasant's Eye...
Maxwell Armfield
Still life with Pheasant's Eye...  Sold 
Damsels in a Wood, 1916
Maxwell Armfield
Damsels in a Wood, 1916  Sold 
Madonna of the Desert, circa 1916
Maxwell Armfield
Madonna of the Desert, circa 1916  Sold 
New Roses, carpet design, 1935
Maxwell Armfield
New Roses, carpet design, 1935  Sold 
The Queen of the Darket
Maxwell Armfield
The Queen of the Darket  Sold