Description & Technical information

In 1900 Flint came to London and was first employed to do medical drawings, later being appointed to work on the ‘Illustrated London News’ from 1903-1907. During this time he studied at Heatherley’s School in the evenings. He became interested in book illustration and produced a number of works for classical limited editions such as Malory’s ‘Morte d’Arthur’, Chaucer’s ‘Canterbury Tales’ and Homer’s ‘Odyssey’.

Late in 1912 Flint and his wife went to Italy where they rented a studio in Rome. It was here that the artist discovered a local model called Peppina from Anticoli Corrado in the Sabine Hills. Her rural charm and natural beauty inspired Flint and made a lasting impression upon him.

Flint was commissioned in the First World War and it was only after the war that his career really began to flourish. He travelled to France and Spain where he produced wonderful watercolours and drawings reflecting the local
scenery and culture. He was elected Associate of the Royal Academy in 1924, a full member in 1933 and he became President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour in 1936. In 1947 Flint was knighted by King George VI alongside the actor Laurence Olivier and the
musician Malcolm Sargent.

Date:  1922
Period:  20th century
Origin:  British
Medium: Watercolour
Signature: Signed 'Russell Flint' (lower right); Signed, dated and inscribed 'Concarneau' (verso)

Dimensions: 49.53 x 66.8 cm (19¹/₂ x 26¹/₄ inches)
Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints