Barn with cart and other agricultural implements
Maxwell Armfield (1882 - 1972) was a painter, illustrator and writer whose subjects included landscapes, portraits and still life. He worked mainly in oils, watercolour, and tempera, using bold flat colour and densely patterned surfaces that helped to create a graphic quality in his work. Armfield attended the Birmingham School of Art under the headmastership of Edward R. Taylor (1838 - 1911) who established it as a centre of the arts and craft movement. He collaborated with his wife, Constance Smedley (1876 – 1941) to combine design, illustration, and text. This study of a barn may be for a painting or simply an exercise in sketching. It has not been linked to a finished painting.