Sir William Russell Flint

Regarded by many as the world's finest watercolourist, Sir William Russell Flint studied at the Royal Institution School of Art, Edinburgh, and, having served a six year apprenticeship as a lithographic artist and designer at a large printing house, moved to London in 1900 to work as a medical illustrator. In 1903 he began working as an illustrator for the Illustrated London News, where his name became well-known throughout the British Empire due to the journal's widespread distribution. In 1907, Flint became a freelance artist, and, in 1912 moved to Italy for a year, where he first discovered his love for the beauty & simplicity of the rural way of life. In 1914, he was made an Associate of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours.

After the war, Flint became a full time painter and travelled to France and Spain. It was during this period that his work became more widely recognised and in 1924 he was elected Associate of the Royal Academy, becoming a full member in 1933. In 1936 he was made President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours. After the Second World War, Flint moved back to London and in 1947 he was knighted. It was this period that would become Flint's greatest and in 1962 his talent was recognised with a retrospective exhibition in the Royal Academy. Flint continued painting until his death at the age of 89. His works are displayed in galleries and museums throughout the world, and continue to give pleasure & enjoyment to those with a love of his extraordinary talent.

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