The Dazzling Fires of Peace Day - drawing; watercolour with body colour

The National Peace Celebrations were held in London on 19 July 1919. The festivities included a triumphal peace march from Albert Gate in Sloane Street to Kennington and back, and a spectacular fireworks display at Constitution Arch in Hyde Park. In preparation for the display, fireworks were set up in a long line parallel with Park Lane. On the evening of 19 July, about 10,000 rockets were fired. The Graphic commissioned Donald Maxwell to capture the spectacle in watercolour for the magazine's readers. The Museum of London acquired the original watercolour from The Graphic soon after its publication in 1919. A painter, illustrator and writer, Maxwell studied at South Kensington's Royal College of Art and at the Slade School of Art. He was an official Artist to the Admiralty during the First World War.
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43.2 x 63.4 cm. (as mounted on board)
Maxwell, Donald
© Digital image Museum of London

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