4 June 2009
Sir William Russell Flint, R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W. (1880-1969)
Souvenir of Egypt
signed 'W. Russell Flint' (lower right), and signed again, inscribed and dated 'Souvenir of Egypt/W. Russell Flint/March 1961' (on the reverse)
watercolour with scratching out
19¼ x 26 in. (48.8 x 66 cm.)
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R. Lewis, Sir William Russell Flint 1880-1969, Edinburgh and London, 1980, p. 110.
London, Royal Academy, Exhibition of Works by Sir William Russell Flint RA PRWS, 1962, no. 93. pp. 31-32, lent by the artist.
Flint executed the present watercolour on a sketching trip with his friend Adrian Bury, R.W.S. in March 1961. He liked to find interesting viewpoints from which to swiftly record everything he saw onto paper in his own unique and fresh technique. Of this scene he said that 'new or not, I liked the bit where the road turned a corner of Cheop's Pyramid. The variety of figures streaming past was perfectly delightful, all sorts with a vengeance. What a procession!' (see exhibition catalogue, loc. cit).
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