The file begins with correspondence with the 'Graphic' Magazine regarding the purchase of a drawing 'Searchlight from the Deck of a Dreadnought' (IWM:ART 248, title changed slightly).
Then, in August 1918 Charles ffoulkes, taking a week off work, was put in contact with Maxwell, and told Commander Walcott of the Naval Section about him. Walcott subsequently arranged to send Maxwell out to Mesopotamia to 'recreate' actions in this area. His terms were £390 per annum plus expenses.
There is also some correspondence relating to the acquisition of IWM:ART 888, 'St George and the Dragon: Zeppelin L15 in the Thames, 1916'.
(9) includes a reference to the possibility of [Frank] Dobson being commissioned to paint the Balloon Barrage at Canvey Island.
Maxwell arrived in Taranto on 27 October but had difficulty finding a boat to Port Said, so sketched various subjects around Taranto, Gallipoli and Ticase. He moved on in December but was then held up further in Aden, before reaching Basra in January. He sent regular, detailed reports on his activities, and lists of subjects. He encountered some problems in finding personnel who had witnessed the actions.
There is also extensive correspondence regarding drawings sent to the 'Graphic' for reproduction, and to 'Yachting Monthly'.
Maxwell returned in the Spring and his employment was extended to the end of June to allow him to complete his work.
The file includes reproduction requests, including those relating to Maxwell's own book ' A Dweller in Mesopotamia'.
(121)-(126) is a list of sketches held by the Museum.
There is also mention of a picture by Maxwell of the Fifth Battle Squadron at Jutland, not in the Museum's collection, and some correspondence relating to the gift of two watercolours from Her Majesty Queen Mary, in 1936 (IWM:ART 5013-5014).
As there are so many works by Maxwell, they have not generally been individually mentioned or indexed.