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Sir William Russell Flint (1880 - Edinburgh - 1969 - London)

Russell Flint was a Scottish painter, printmaker and illustrator. After studying at Daniel Stewart’s College, Edinburgh, he was apprenticed as a lithographic draughtsman and designer from 1894 to 1900 and studied part-time at the Royal Institute of Art, Edinburgh. He worked in London as a medical illustrator from 1900 to 1902, and then as a commercial artist, joining the staff of the Illustrated London News (1903–7). He illustrated limited editions of the classics, including Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur (London, 1910), Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales (London, 1912) and Homer’s The Odyssey (London, 1924).

Flint established his reputation with watercolour landscapes of Scotland, France, Italy and Spain, many of them containing references to local customs, as in Ascension Day, Catalonia (Eton, Berks, Collection). Having produced landscapes of Spain from 1921, he became particularly associated with figure studies of girls either nude or in Spanish costume. His delight in the female form also found expression in a book of caprices, Models of Propriety (London, 1951), and limited edition, signed colour reproductions of his watercolours became popular. In the 1920s and 1930s he also produced a number of drypoints, such as Exits and Entrances (1930; London, British Museum). He was made RA in 1933 and served as President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours from 1936 to 1956; he was knighted in 1947.

Collections
Russell Flint is represented in the following collections: National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh; Fine Art Museum, San Francisco; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Courtauld Institute of Art, London; Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham; Tyne and Wear Museums, England amongst others.