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Sir William, born in 1880, entered the world of art as a commercial apprentice at the age of fourteen. Over the next seventy five years he was to rise to the pinnacles of his chosen profession. He became president of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, Trustee of the Royal Academy of Art, Senior Royal Academician and a Knight Bachelor, yet the later professional critics chose to regard him as a great enigma. When he was singularly honoured by a retrospective exhibition of his works at the Royal Academy in 1962 the Art Critic of the Apollo magazine wrote, somewhat condescendingly, that although he "belonged so clearly,and so honourably to the line of English nineteenth century watercolourists, Russell Flint remains of almost no consequence at all... his art seldom rises above a level of incidental triviality, he has rarely produced a picture that meant anything more than the evocation of an imaginary landscape where olive skinned gypsies or English maidens disport themselves. The unlikely setting gives their nudity an air of respectability." Critics, of course have, by definition, to find something to criticise, but William Russell Flint rarely rose to such baiting.

This is a beautiful print sure to be a piece of conversation and enjoyment in any room.

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