Sir William Russell Flint R.A.



Artist's Biography & Works For Sale


William Russell Flint was born was  born  in Edinburgh on  the 4th of April 1880, the eldest of three children to Jane Russell Flint and Francis Wighton Flint. His father was a lithographer and his mother was a civil servant.

Flint got artistic encouragement from his father and formally through the Royal Institute of Art in Edinburgh where he graduated in 1894.  Following graduation, Flint moved to London and began work as a medical illustrator and later he expanded into illustrations for weekly / monthly magazines and books such as Homer’s The Odyssey and Geoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tale’s but to name a few. 

Flint joined the war efforts as an admiralty assistant and he spent time in Scotland, Devon and the Isle of Man. Following the war in 1919, Flint decided to become a full time painter. He worked in all manners of media, but it was for his watercolours depicting beautiful females in subdued erotic poses that proved popular. He used professional actresses, ballerinas and even dancers as his models but it was Cecilia Green whom he met when he was 72 years old that would appear in most of his paintings thereafter.

Flint exhibited in the Royal Academy and in 1924, became an associate followed by full membership in 1933. Three years later, he was elected President of the Royal Society of Painters in watercolour and awarded the honour of a Knighthood in 1947. His work is found in numerous private and public collections including the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, and the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool.

William Russell Flint died in London, England on December 30, 1969 at the age of 89, a celebrated and successful artist with many collectors.