Sir William Russell Flint (United Kingdom/Scotland, 1880 – 1969) watercolor on paper titled "Girls on the Beach" depicting three females sunbathing on a beach. Signed lower right "W. Russell Flint". Additionally signed and dated en verso "W. Russell Flint, Sept. 1937". Housed in a carved gilt wood frame. Sight – 18 1/2" H x 25 1/2" W. Framed – 30 1/2" H x 37 1/2" W. Biography (Courtesy of AskArt: The Artists' Bluebook): Born in Edinburgh, Flint's 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 at the age of 20 and began working as an illustrator. He illustrated a number of classical limited edition books such as Mallory's Morte D'Arthur, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales and Homer's Odyssey. His service in World War I 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). Following the war, Flint's artistic career began to flourish. He painted in France and Spain (until the Civil War), where he produced works reflecting the local scenery and culture. 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. His talent with both the watercolour medium and his skill in depicting the female form created his hallmark style. In 1947 William Russell Flint was knighted. In 1962 his work was acknowledged by a retrospective exhibition in the Diploma Gallery of the Royal Academy. Condition: Overall very good condition with some scattered light brown spots throughout.
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