Sir William Russell Flint RA



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Sir William Russell Flint RA (1884 – 1969)

Sir William Russell Flint was arguably the greatest watercolour painter of the last century. The son of F. Wighton Flint, Sir William Russell Flint was born in 1880 in Edinburgh. He studied with a lithographer there but from 1900 he worked as an illustrator in London before he began to paint almost completely in watercolors. He became a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours in 1917, where he became president from 1936–1956. In 1933 he was elected a member of the Royal Academy.

Sir William Russell Flint is particularly renowned for the works he brought back from his trips to France and Italy. In 1905 and 1906 he started showing his work at group exhibitions, often at the Salon of the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He exhibited his work in London in 1906 and 1907 at the Royal Academy, as well as in Venice in 1909 and 1914 and in Berlin in 1914. In 1912, he started working for the Riccardi Press in London where he provided watercolor designs for color illustrations of poems by M. Arnold.

Museum and Public Collections:
Her Majesty the Queen
Aberdeen Art Gallery, Aberdeen
The Admiralty, London
Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Atkinson Art Gallery, Southport
Belfast Art Gallery, Belfast
Bentley Art Gallery, Maidstone
Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery, Birmingham
British Museum, London
Brooklyn Museum of Art, Brooklyn, NY
Bury At Museum Bury
Cardiff Art Gallery, Cardiff
City Art Gallery, Bristol
Corporation Art Gallery, Oldham
Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Dundee Art Gallery, Dundee
Eton College, Windsor
Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull
Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield
Harris Museum, Preston, Lancashire
Harrogate Art Gallery, Harrogate
Hereford Art Gallery, Hereford
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, IN
Johannesburg Art Gallery, Johannesburg
Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow
Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight, Merseyside
Leeds Art Gallery, Leeds
Museum of Fine Arts, Ghent
National Art Gallery, Brisbane, Queensland
National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Wales
Paisley Museum and Art Galleries, Paisley
Perth Art Gallery, Perth, Australia
Royal Academy of Arts, London
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, CA
Scottish Modern Arts Association, Edinburgh
Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL
Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
Sydney Art Gallery, New South Wales
Touchstones Rochdale, Manchester
Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath
Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
Whitworth Art Gallery, Manchester
Winnipeg Art Gallery, Manitoba
Worthing Museum and Art Gallery, Worthing