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The Property of a Gentleman
The following four lots have descended to the current owner from one of the largest private collections of Sir William Russell Flint drawings and watercolours. The collection was built by a friend of the artist during the 1960s and 1970s largely through the dealers Frost and Reed.
Russell Flint was born in Edinburgh where he studied at the Royal Institute School of Art and served as an apprenticeship as a lithographic artist. At the turn of the century he moved to London where he attended Heatherley's School of Fine Art and Hammersmith School of Art amd worked for The illustrated London News. Between the First and Second World Wars, during which he served in the Navy, Flint established himself as a skilled watercolourist. He was elected an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water-Colours in 1914, a full member in 1917 and served as President from 1936-54. Elected an Associated of the Royal Academy in 1924 he was made a full Academician in 1933.
In 1962 Flint was one of only nine members of the Royal Academy to have his work exhibited in the Diploma Gallery during his lifetime. Flint's Diploma Gallery exhibiton attracted considerable attention. Eric Newton in his article for The Guardian, 19 October 1962, noted how Flint had made the art of nudes his realm 'Other artists have inhabited it in the past- Boucher Ingres and Etty among them. Greater artists than they have strolled through it, taking it in their stride- Titian and Rubens for example- but never making it their permanent home.'