Sir William Russell Flint (Edinburgh 1880 - London 1969)

Perthshire Hillside in Autumn Sold

Watercolour.
Signed and dated W. RUSSELL FLINT 1913 at the lower right.
Titled and inscribed Perthshire Hillside in Autumn / W Russell Flint / 12 Bedford Road / Bedford Park on the old backing board.
276 x 384 mm. (10 7/8 x 15 1/8 in.)

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William Russell Flint was always particularly fond of the scenery of his native Scotland. As his friend and biographer Arnold Palmer has noted of the artist, ‘The dark, rich landscape of Scotland is what he likes best to render; and after Scotland, Spain, and next in order Southern France.’ The artist himself has noted that ‘I suppose I have painted more Scottish landscapes than anything else; and I never paint anything with greater pleasure...We once spent a glorious autumn in the Highlands, six weeks of perfect painting weather from the start of October to mid-November. The trees, rowan, beech, birch and oak, became more and more autumnal till all was a blaze of vermilion and gold...A lot of work was done there: I think I painted forty water-colours.’

Flint first exhibited a number of Highland watercolours in his second one-man show, at the Fine Art Society in London in 1911. Another Perthshire landscape watercolour, dated 1917 and of similar dimensions to the present sheet, was on the art market in London in c.1990.

Provenance:
The Fine Art Society, London, in 1914
The Print Rooms, Los Angeles
Erwin H. Furman, Los Angeles.

Sir William Russell FLINT

Perthshire Hillside in Autumn

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