Sir William Russell Flint (British 1880-1969

Jumat, 28 Desember 2012

Sir William Russell Flint (British 1880-1969
William Russell Flint (British 1880-1969) In December 1969, William Russell Flint died, aged 89, leaving behind one of the finest and most sought after collections of watercolours. Born in Edinburgh, 4th April 1880, his remarkable talent was discovered at an early age. Having been a student at the Royal Institution School of Art in Edinburgh, and serving a six year apprenticeship at a large printing works, he decided to move to London to become a medical illustrator at the age of 20. In 1903 he joined the Illustrated London News which took his talents to the far reaches of the British Empire thanks to its extensive distribution. He eventually became a freelance artist in 1907 which lead him to illustrate a number of classical limited editions such as Mallory's 'Morte D'Arthur', Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' and
Homer's 'Odyssey'. He served in the First World War which took him back to his native Scotland, where in 1919 he painted a tiny watercolour called' Hilda's Bonnet' on the linen of a fragment of HM Airship 24 which he had previously commanded. Post World War I, William Russell Flint's artistic career began to flourish. He painted in France and Spain (until the Civil War), where he produced wonderful paintings reflecting the local scenery and culture. After living in Devon during the Second World War, he and his wife moved back to London where the post war period became Russell Flint's greatest. His talent with both the watercolour medium and his skill in depicting the female form created a hallmark style which would later become legendary. In 1947 William Russell Flint was knighted

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