Gypsy Girls Salamanca

SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT R.A., P.R.W.S (1880-1969)

Dimensions

Height - 23.50inch (59.69cm)
Width - 31.00inch (78.74cm)
Framed Height - 31.00inch (78.74cm)
Framed Width - 38.75inch (98.42cm)

Description

Gypsy Girls Salamanca
WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT

Period

1945

Literature

X6750
GYPSY GIRLS UNDER THE ARCHES SALAMANCA

WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT R.A, P.R.W.S

Royal Academy Exhibit 1945 No45

1880-1969 Signed
Oil on canvas 23 ½ x 31 inches
Framed size 31 x 38 ¾ inches

Flint was born on 4 April 1880 son of Francis Wighton and went on to become a painter, water-colourist and medical illustrator and lithographer.
He was educated in Edinburgh where he also worked for a lithographer before moving to London in 1900. Flint studied at Heatherley’s Art School turning to pure watercolour and produced many fine illustrations.
During the First World War he was in the R.N.V.R and the RAF working on airships.
From 1904 to 1908 he worked for the London illustrated news.
Flint began to show his work in group exhibitions in 1905 and 1906 at the Salon of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
In 1906 & 1907 he exhibited at the RA in London; and in Venice in 1909 and 1914 in and Berlin in 1914 before the outbreak of WW1.
In 1912 he began working for the Riccardi Press in London providing watercolour designs for colour illustration of M. Arnold’s Poems, Kingsley’s Heroes, Malory’s Mort d’Arthur and Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.
In 1917 he became a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours of which he was president from 1936 to 1956 and was elected a member of the R.A in 1933
His early illustrative work is in the style of Dulac, Rackham and the young Heath Robinson are very beautiful. He also produced a number of landscapes whose merits are often overlooked by his very well-known paintings of nude Spanish dancers which became his trademark throughout his career.

This particular work is in oil and is more strongly stylised in technique. The brushwork and shading are in tune with fellow contemporaries such as Dame Laura Knight and William Orpen.

William Russell Flint died in London on 30 December 1969.

Bibl: Dictionary of British Watercolour Artists up to 1920 - Huon Mallalieu;
British Artists 1880-1940; Benezit

Works Represented: British Museum; Victoria & Albert Museum; Aberdeen Art Gallery; Blackburn Art Gallery; Darlington Art Gallery; Glasgow Art Gallery; Greenock Art Gallery; Harrogate Museum; Leeds City Art Gallery; Leicestershire Art Gallery; Maidstone Museum; Newport Art Gallery; Paisley Art Gallery.

Private Collection U.K
   
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