28 October 2004
Sir William Russell Flint, R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W.
The Beach, St Malo
signed 'W.RUSSELL FLINT' (lower left)
12¾ x 19 in. (32.4 x 48.3 cm.)
A label on the backboard reads 'In Brittany, out from the walled town of San Malo, is a little island-/to be accurate, it is an island only at full tide - and on its highest and most/western point is the tomb of Chateaubriand, who is buried here, just outwith the/city of his birth. At low-water there is a sandy pathway connecting this mound of rock/and harsh grass, where sea-pinks grow, to the mainland, and there streams across/it a crowd of visitors, both French and English; who come to see this grave that/bears neither name nor date. Notices warn the stranger to beware of the/quickly incoming tide, which covers the level passage almost as swiftly as the/proverbial galloping horse'.
with W.B. Simpson, Glasgow.
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
VAT rate of 5% is payable on hammer price plus buyer's premium
Daphne Lingon, Head of Jewellery at Christie’s in New York, on the 'dramatic' ring with which David Rockefeller proposed to Peggy in 1940
A guide to arguably South America’s most famous artist, whose work addresses everything from domestic life to bullfighting