British Painter, James Scott Maxwell, or James Maxwell, stays an elusive artistic entity, owing to his hazy lineage and birth particulars. His works though lined a narrow subject vary of warships and British scenery, his works carried the indicators of immense brilliance akin to in “Villefranche 188,” a drawing of a fleet of ships. Most of his ‘work’ had been actually small water colour or the modest sketches of steamers, like “Clyde,” “Duchess of York,” and “Ben Lemmond,” all carried out in small 7 by 9 inch frames or in barely bigger moulds.
James’ nearly total repertoire appeared targeting the seascapes of Pre WW-I British Seagoing Saga of Steamers and the Women of struggle. The works embody a form of artwork recognized popularly as British or Continental Watercolors. The sort was kind of a technical ‘Picture Real looking’ drawing, geared toward factual illustration, somewhat than creative creativity and mastery. Maxwell’s drawings of American Steamships, akin to “St. Paul” and “Haverford” are such technical sketches, which are highly effective makes an attempt at photographic replica.
James Scott seems to have been prolific from 1875 to the early 1900s, as per most of his dated sketches. In addition, plainly a majority of his works might be commissions from steamship corporations. The creative deserves of James Scott’s works are uncertain, as they display a stiffness of type, found in most “commissioned” watercolor artists who documented the British Empire. His “Duchess of Devonshire” is a living proof where the opaqueness of the medium adds on to the digital inertia of execution, making an essentially fluid image static.