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Frederick Augustus Maxse, 1833-1900

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1833.04.13
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Date of Death: 1900.06.25
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Admiral Frederick Augustus Maxse was a political writer and entrepreneur. He married Cecilia Steel and they had four children, two daughters and two sons.


From 1852, Maxse enjoyed a successful naval career and rose to the rank of Rear-Admiral in 1875. He attempted with less success to enter Parliament as a Radical MP and later turned to journalism instead, his articles for the National Reviewon the Crimean War being considered of particular historical interest. He also wrote on a variety of other topics including electoral reform, women's suffrage and the Irish Question.

Maxse was involved with JW in 1898-1899 over the exhibitions of the International Society of Sculptors, Painters and Gravers, of which JW was President. As proprietor of the Prince's Rink Skating Club in Knightsbridge where the ISSPG held its first exhibition in May 1898, Maxse invested £400 in the interior design of the gallery. The Society was charged no rent, and he relied upon percentage of the gate receipts to make a profit (#02315).


Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford, 2004, on-line edition (accessed 2 June 2004).