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Royal College of Surgeons of England

MAXWELL, A Kirkpatrick (1884-1975)


Reference code(s): GB 0114 MS0023

Held at: Royal College of Surgeons of England

Title: MAXWELL, A Kirkpatrick (1884-1975)

Date(s): 1914-1918

Level of description: Collection (fonds)

Extent: 1 notebook

Name of creator(s): Maxwell | A Kirkpatrick | 1884-1975 | medical artist


Administrative/Biographical history:

A. Kirkpatrick Maxwell was born in Annan, Scotland, and studied drawing at evening classes run by Glasgow City Art School. He was asked to contribute some articles by a natural history lecturer at Glasgow University and built up a reputation as an illustrator. After the outbreak of war in 1914 he travelled to France to make over 1000 surgical illustrations of war wounds and diseases, many of which were published in the British Journal of Surgery. The original illustrations were kept at the Royal College of Surgeons of England but were destroyed during the Blitz. After the war, Maxwell worked as an ilustrator for University College and for the Cancer Research Institute, publishing his own articles on cancer. During the Second World War he was asked by Sir Cecil Wakeley to again sketch wounded servicemen.


Scope and content/abstract:

Note book of A. Kirkpatrick Maxwell, 1914-1918, containing illustrations of men wounded during World War One, and including sketches of camp hospitals.


Language/scripts of material: English

System of arrangement:

The records are arranged as outlined in the scope and content.

Conditions governing access:

Open to bona fide researchers by written appointment.

Conditions governing reproduction:

At the discretion of the Librarian.

Physical characteristics:

Finding aids:


Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information:


Archival history:

The note book was given by Maxwell to Sir Cecil Wakeley in 1953 during his presidency of the Royal College of Surgeons of England.

Immediate source of acquisition:

Donated to the Royal College of Surgeons of England by Sir Cecil Wakeley.


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Publication note:

Many of Maxwell's surgical illustrations (the originals of which were destroyed during the Blitz) were published in the British Journal of Surgery



Archivist's note: Sources: 'Maxwell, A Kirkpatrick: Drawings of injuries, war of 1914-1918' (Tina Craig) in Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England March 2000. Compiled by Julie Tancell as part of the RSLP AIM25 project.

Rules or conventions: Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal Place and Corporate Names 1997.

Date(s) of descriptions: November 2002

Armed forces | State security
Drawings | Visual materials
Injuries | Pathology
War | International conflicts
War victims | International conflicts
World War Two (1939-1945) | World wars (events) | Wars (events)
International relations
Military organizations

Personal names
Maxwell | A Kirkpatrick | 1884-1975 | medical artist

Corporate names