John Maxwell SPITTLE

John Maxwell SPITTLE

Spittle came from Birmingham to Cornwall in 1913. Working previously as a figure painter, when he moved to Carbis Bay near St Ives, he turned his hand to marine painting. His working studio was 6, Piazza in St Ives, and he engaged in community art activities (see Tovey).

At Show Day March 1914 the St Ives Times reported that the artist had engaged in figure work before coming to the town. He exhibited at the 1916 Show Day as well.

His early death at the age of 59 came suddenly and unexpectedly, and the artist is buried at St Uny churchyard, Lelant.


Painter of coastal scenes and rockpools
























works and access

Works include: The sheltered pool (1914); Blue and Gold (1914); Breaking Waves, St Ives (private col) p74 (Tovey)


St Ives Show Day March 1914; 1916



misc further info



St Ives Times 27 Mar 1914

Hardie (2009) Artists in Newlyn and West Cornwall (p347); 

Tovey (2010) Sea Change, Fine & Decorative Art in St Ives 1914-1930 p74 (col pl)