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Late in 1912, he and his wife went to Italy where they rented a studio in Rome. There he discovered a local model called Peppina from Anticoli Corrado in the Sabine Hills. This girl, with her rural charm and beauty, was such a perfect subject for William that he soon became enchanted by the freedom of the Sabine Hills and the peasant girls who lived there. Far removed from city culture, William was so inspired by the imagery and drama of their lives that even time spent in Florence and Venice could not surpass his discovery in rural Italy.

William was commissioned in the First World War and became Admiralty Assistant Overseer of Airships. This 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.

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Post World War I, William Russell Flint´s artistic career began to flourish. He decided to become a full time painter, ceasing his work as an illustrator, and for a time the colourful fashions of his female models reflected the cultural changes taking place after the deprivation of the War. Leaving London he travelled to France and Spain, until the Civil War, where he produced wonderful paintings reflecting the local scenery and culture.

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He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1924, full member in 1933 and in 1936 became President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour. After living on a turkey farm near Totnes, 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 formcreated a hallmark style which would later become legendary.
In 1947 William Russell Flint was knighted by King George VI alongside the actor, Laurence Olivier and the musician, Malcolm Sargent. In 1962 his work was acknowledged by a retrospective exhibition in the Diploma Gallery of the Royal Academy, giving pleasure to more than 21,000 visitors. At the time, Charles Wheeler, the President, paid tribute to the artist, describing his watercolour technique as a ´baffling skill´.

Sir William Russell Flint died in December 1969, aged 89. He left behind one of the finest and most sought after collections of watercolours in the World. A modest man, he always remained genuinely grateful for the talent he had been born with and once said "I have always painted for fun. If it ceased to be fun I would stop painting".


Francis Murray Russell Flint (ROI, SMA 1915-1977)
Francis Murray Russell Flint, born 3rd June, 1915
His father was Sir William Russell Flint,
and throughout his career he achieved the status of a highly talented artist in his own right.
He was educated at Cheltenham College and HMS Conway,
and studied at the Grosvenor School of Modern Art, Royal Academy Schools and later the RA in Paris.
He worked for a while as the art master at Hurstpierpoint College, Sussex.
and lived at Burgess Hill in Sussex and Coffinswell, S.Devon and London W8.
Francis Murray Russell Flint was an Offical War Artist during WWII.
Exhibiting at....
The Royal Academy,
The Royal Watercolour Society,
The Royal Society of Marine Artists,
The Imperial War Museum.
He became vice-president of The Royal Watercolour Society,
and was a highly celebrated and respected watercolourist throughout his career.
Francis Murray Russell Flint died in Spain, 1977.


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Sir William Russell Flint. 1880-1969.

Sir William Russell Flint, was born in Edinburgh on the fourth of April Eighteen eighty.
His father Francis Wighton Flint, was a watercolourist and designer,

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William Russell Flint was fortunate that his family was involved in artistic careers. He studied at Daniel Stewarts School, and then joined the Royal Institution College of Artwork in Edinburgh, this was the environment that led him to work on line and colour which progressed into his own unmistakable watercolour style.
His six year apprenticeship as a draughtsman at a large printing factory in Edinburgh, helped to cultivate the disipline required to become an outstanding artist in his own right. In 1903 Russell Flint began work at the Illustrated London News drawing illustrations. This was the era before photos, a time where drawings and engravings have been the only source of illustration for books and magazines.

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The Illustrated London News was read across the world, (the British Commonwealth being very much larger than it is today) and the name of William Russell Flint travelled across the continents providing the basis for the international recognition he was later to receive as a watercolour artist.

During this period and WW1, Russell Flint also produced illustrations for some great classic writings such as "Thomas a Kempis", "The Song of Solomon", Mallory's "Morte d'Arthur", Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" and Homer's "Odyssey".
Throughout the conflict, Flint was in the Royal Navy Air Service and by 1918 he was promoted to Admiralty Assistant Overseer; He was able to travel back to Scotland where he studied at the art School.

When the war finished, he went to Europe, particularly, France, where he began to paint and sketch landscapes of the many small countryside towns and their way of life, the publication of his limited edition prints show his journeys through much of France. Russell Flint became an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1924 and nine years after, he was elected a full member.
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1936 saw Russell Flint become the President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour. Throughout the early 1940s, Russell and Sybil Flint went to live in Devon on a farm that reared poultry. Having served in the RAF, he was allowed to visit Devonport Dockyard,( of which a limited edition has been published, and was described as a masterpiece of perspective) and paint, whenever he wished.

In 1945 William Russell Flint and his wife Sybil returned to their home at Peel Cottage, Campden Hill, London. 1947 saw Russell Flint knighted and he painted throughout his life until the age of 89 when he died. His work as a professional artist spanned many years and he was later able to create a unique feel to his paintings that produced his most recognizable style. The paintings he produced were less rigid and he was able to show in exquisite detail, the different textures of materials, buildings, and of course, flesh.

Sir William Russell Flint has given and continues to give great joy to many individuals across the world.
His signedlimited editionprints and original paintings, have become extremely collectable, and his work enjoys a great following as some of the finest watercolour paintings in the world today.

Visit the studio in Nottinghamshire with over 500 Limitededition prints and original paintings by Sir William Russell Flint

He was a much liked architectural, watercolour artist, who became known as the artist of the female form.In the art world,
Russell Flint was a revered by his colleagues. His father was an industrial artist and as a boy he joined a lithographic company where he spent six years learning about the printing industry and the many different techniques used. Russell Flint was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in eighteen hundred and eighty, his gift for painting was soon impressing both his fellow artists and the general public.

During his student days at the Edinburgh Royal Institution Faculty of Artwork, and after working for six years at the lithographic printing company, he made the decision to live in London and work as an illustrator in the world of medicine, and then in 1903 he became an illustrator for the Illustrated London News which , due to worldwide distribution, publicised his work across the globe. In nineteen hundred and five he married an admiral's daughter, Sibylle Sueter in 1905 and his work continued to flourish so that two years later he was able to become a freelance artist which gave him the opportunity to illustrate several classical special editions for example; Mallory's 'Morte D'Arthur', Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' and Homer's 'Odyssey'.

During WW1 his job was the Admiralty assistant overseer of Airships . He returned to his birthplace of Scotland, and some years later painted a watercolour titled ' Hilda's Bonnet' on a small piece of material from HM Airship 24 which he had been in charge.

After the Geat War, Russell Flint's creative profession started to bloom. He travelled in France and Spain, the place he painted beautiful pictures showing the local landscapes and regional way of life.

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In 1924 he was asked to join the Royal Academy as an associate member, and nine years laterhe was given the status of full member in 1933. Three years later he became President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour. Leaving their home in Devon, where they had lived throughout the Great War, Russell Flint and Syblle decided to return to Campden Hill, London, which proved a tremendous success for Russell Flint as the nation was begining to recover from the years of war, and begining to enjoy the arts once more.

His expertise with the watercolour medium and his talent in painting nudes, created an unique manner of painting which became world famous.

William Russell Flint was made Sir William Russell Flint in nineteen forty seven, and fifteen years later his work was given supreme prominence by a retrospective exhibition in the Diploma Gallery of the Royal Academy. During this period, Charles Wheeler, who was the President of the Royal Academy, remarked that Russell Flint's art was an incredible feat and a 'baffling skill'.

In his later years, due to his artistic and financial success, Russell Flint was able to travel extensively across Europe, particularly in France
where he was a prolific painter, also enjoying some time painting in Switzerland, Spain, Italy, and Scotland.

We have specialized in the paintings and prints of Sir William Russell Flint for over thirty years, and have on display over
500 edition prints, signed and unsigned; Also original watercolour paintings and red chalk drawings, for sale.
The limited edition prints, particularly the signed prints (ie. pre 1969) were very sought after, and the entire edition could
be sold out within several hours of release.
There is no 'second' edition of these prints, these are the original signed, limited editions that have over the years become highly collectable and
sought after works of art, some of which are over seventy years old.

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