• Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen auction at Christies

    Sale 7822

    Cabinet d'un Amateur Européen

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 336

    William Russell Flint (1880-1969)



    William Russell Flint (1880-1969)
    signed 'W. Russell Flint' (lower right) and further signed 'W. Russell Flint' (on the reverse of the stretcher, lower right)
    oil on canvas
    22¼ x 27½ in. (56.5 x 70 cm.)

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    In a letter dated 26 December 1944 the artist wrote to the picture's first owner:

    'One June we were driving north in Spain to escape from an atrocious (to us) heat wave in Seville and Madrid and when nearing Burgos from Sepulveda ... I saw those big clumsy public-scales at a cross-roads near a village and some girls, very lightly clad, weighing each other (I should think just for fun) and skittering about. I confess to depicting them even more lightly clad than they really were. When I saw the group at the scales I thought 'What a thundering good subject!' but I was v. tired after a long run and could do no more than draw up for a few minutes and make a mental note. Next day I went back from Burgos and made a sketch of the scales - the girls were not there. The sketch was continually reminding me of the motif and when by chance appropriate models were available almost a year ago from now I enjoyed myself painting your oil'.

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    London, Royal Academy, 1944, no. 7.