Painter, draughtsman and commercial artist, born in the shipbuilding town of Barrow-in-Furness, Lancashire, who on leaving school was apprenticed in the drawing office of the engineering firm Vickers. He was to become a member of the Institute of Naval Architects. Shortly after World War I McDowell left naval architecture to become a full-time artist, producing murals for the liner Mauretania and other vessels, eventually settling in Wallasey, Cheshire. Many of his own paintings were of historical or maritime subjects, shown at the Walker Art Gallery and elsewhere. In 1919, his picture Stern all-strike! was included in the RA Summer Exhibition. During World War II he was commissioned in the Royal Naval Scientific Service. McLean Museum and Art Gallery, Greenock, holds his work.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)

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