Maxwell Ashby Armfield (1882-1972)

Maxwell Ashby Armfield (1882-1972) was an English artist, illustrator and writer. Born to a Quaker family in Ringwood, Hampshire, Armfield was educated at Sidcot School and at Leighton Park School. In 1887 he was admitted to Birmingham School of Art, then under the headmastership of Edward R. Taylor and established as a major centre of the Arts and Crafts Movement. There he studied under Henry Payne and Arthur Gaskin and, outside the school, received instruction in tempera painting from Joseph Southall at Southall's studio in Edgbaston. He later studied in Paris at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière.