SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT | Interior at Auticamp
19.5” x 25.5” / 50cms x 65cms
- William Russell Flint was the most influential and highly regarded watercolour artist in London in the 1930’s. Flint began his artistic career working for the Illustrated London News from 1903 to 1907. As an illustrator his true renown arose from his illustrations of the 1912 version of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and in 1924 he illustrated a new edition of Homer's The Odyssey as well. In the pre-war period, Flint and his wife rented a studio in Rome and it was in Italy that the artist discovered the charm and beauty of the watercolour medium. Flint fought in the First World War, but after being decommissioned he travelled to Scotland, France, Italy and Spain, where he produced wonderful watercolours and drawings reflecting the local culture and customs. In 1962 his work was acknowledged by a retrospective exhibition in the Diploma Gallery of the Royal Academy which was attended by 21,000 visitors. Flint was elected as a Royal Academician in 1933, became President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1936 and was knighted by King George VI in 1947 alongside the actor Laurence Olivier.
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