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Sir William Russell Flint, biography, life, history

Flint, regarded as one of the premier watercolour artists worldwide was born to Scottish parents in the year 1880. Flint lived from 1880 to 1970 and was active in preparation of his autobiography when he passed away just short of his 90th birthday. That autobiography, titled In Pursuit, has had one edition of 1050 copies, with Ralph Lewis publishing two biographies of RussellFlint based on the information therein.

His mother was Jane Russell Flint - amongst the first of Scottish female civil servants and his dad, Francis WightonFlint, worked as a ticket writer and an illuminator. He also had 2 siblings - a brother and a sister. His remarkable talent was recognized early in age and he was enrolled into the Royal School of Art in, Scotland. On completion, he served a six-year apprenticeship with a large printing works in Edinburgh as lithographic artist and a designer.

When he reached his twenties he moved to London to work as a medical illustrator. This subsequently led him onto work in commercial designing and magazine illustrations. Joining a London Newspaper in the early 1900s, and recording current events until 1907. The wide distribution of the London Magazine within the erstwhile British Empire and, the vastness of the empire itself - led tohis work being showcased throughout the world. His First book illustrations were for King Solomon's Mines in 1905, followed by Of the Imitation of Christ in 1908, Song of Songs and various other works culminating in the splendid four volumes, 48 plates, Le Morte D'Arthur in 1910 - 1911. More book illustrations for famous volumes followed until the First World War intervened.

Commissioned during the war, he returned to his original habitat of Scotland which gave him the opportunity to paint a watercolour called Hilda'sBonnet using the fragment of a HM airship which he commanded.

Post the war, William's artistic career took off and he became a full-time artist. He moved from London to mainland Europe - travelling through France and producing watercolours to reflect the local culture. In between the World Wars, his ascendance into prominence as an artist reflected in his entrée into the Royal Watercolour Society first as an associate, then as a full time member and finally the President in 1936. It is also evidenced by him being featured in two books - Famous Etchers and Famous Watercolour Painters.

Post the War, RussellFlint moved back to England beginning perhaps an even more successful chapter in his artistic journey. These included not only his work as an artist but also other avenues. Flint was successful enough to indulge in his other passion - drawing. He even published a large volume consisting of studies, sketches and plain-air paintings called Drawings.

Flint was knighted in 1947 by then king, King George VI. His subsequent works led to a largeretrospective exhibition at the R.A. which attracted more than 21,000 visitors.

SirWilliam RussellFlint died in December 1969, aged 89. He left behind one of the finest and most sought after collections of watercolours throughout the World.

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