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Sir William Russell Flint, R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W. (1880-1969)
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Sir William Russell Flint, R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W. (1880-1969)

Gossip after market, Périgord

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Sir William Russell Flint, R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W. (1880-1969)
Gossip after market, Périgord
signed 'W. RUSSELL FLINT' (lower right) and further signed inscribed, dated and numbered 'RA 1967 No 2/Gossip after Market, Périgord/W. Russell Flint.' (on the backboard)
watercolour
19 1/8 x 26¼ in. (48.5 x 66.8 cm.)
Provenance
with The Fine Art Society, London, 1968.
Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 12 March 1993, lot 47, where purchased by the present owner.
Exhibited
London, Royal Academy, 1967, no. 175.
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Lot Essay

Flint visited France on many occasions both during the 1920s and 1930s and later in his life, writing Breakfast in Périgord (London, 1968) about his experiences in an place he was particularly fond of. Ralph Lewis remarks that although he loved many areas in France 'it was at Périgord that Russell Flint found great happiness and peace' (R. Lewis, Sir William Russell Flint 1880-1969, London, 1980, p. 73). Following breakfast, by the open window in his bedroom, he would fasten his watercolour paper to his plywood, set up his easel and paintbox and work swiftly with a clear idea of what he wanted to produce. Difficult subjects were mastered in Périgord and Flint relished the opportunity to tackle landscapes and arcaded streets with 'cunning vistas' (R. Lewis, op. cit., p. 73), such as that depicted in the present watercolour.
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