Russell Flint

The artist Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969) worked in oils, tempera, watercoulor, and printmaking, and was best known for his exotic and erotic female nudes. Born on 4 April 1880 in Edinburgh, the son of graphic designer Francis Wighton Flint (1850/51–1902), Flint studied at the Royal Institution School of Art, Edinburgh, and Hatherleys Art School. Flint apprenticed as a designer and lithographer for Banks & Co. between 1894 and 1900. He then worked as a medical illustrator for Messrs. Bale, Sons, and Danielsson. Flint moved into illustration work at The Illustrated London News in 1903, but his big breakthrough came when Cassell commissioned Flint to illustrate Haggard’s King Solomon’s Mines. Flint enjoyed much acclaim during his lifetime. He was a Royal Academician, a member of the Royal Society of Painter-Etchers and Engravers, a silver medal winner at the 1913 Paris Salon, and for twenty years he served as president of the Royal Society of Painters in Water Colours. Flint was knighted in 1947. Flint married fellow Hatherly’s student Sibyl Sueter (1874/5–1960) on 12 August 1905, and they had one son, artist Francis Russell Flint (1915-1977). During WWI Flint served in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve the RAF. Flint died in London on 27 December 1969.

Further Reading


Cowdell, Theo. "Flint, William Russell." Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. Web. 6 Mar. 2017.


Horne, Alan. "Flint, Sir William Russell." The Dictionary of 20th Century British Book Illustrators. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Antique Collectors' Club, 1994. 194.


O'Mahony, Claire I. R.. “Flint, Sir William Russell (1880–1969).” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Oxford University Press, 2004. Web. 15 Oct 2013.


Lewis, Ralph Henry and Keith S Gardner. Sir William Russell Flint R.A., P.P.R.W.S., 1880-1969. Cincinnati, Oh.: North Light Books, 1989. Print.


Lewis, Ralph Henry. Sir William Russell Flint, 1880-1969. Edinburgh: C. Skilton, 1980. Print.


Palmer, Arnold. More than shadows, a biography of W. Russell Flint, R.A., P.R.W.S. New York: The Studio, 1943. Print.


Flint, William Russell. In pursuit: an autobiography. London: Medici Society, 1970. Print.


--- The Lisping Goddess : a figurehead fantasy. Worcester: Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1968. Print.


--- Breakfast in Perigord : essays on various occasions and in diverse moods, with favorite quotations decorated and enlivened with 60 illustrations & devices by William Russell Flint. London: Charles Skilton, 1968. Print.

Illustrations by Russell Flint



Heeheecassell1907261 'Hee! hee! white men,' sniggered Gagool... 'what did I tell you?'. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Hushhhcamecassell1907229 'Hush-h-h-h!' Came from the patch of dark shadow behind Good’s head.. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Icaughtcassell190744 I caught him by the arm and pulled him down. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Ilitcassell1907280 I lit the last remaining match. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907

Inanothercassell190778 In another second we were all down on our stomachs sucking up the uninviting fluid. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Inevercassell190737 I never saw a finer native. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Isawcassell190726 I saw Neville's wagon move off. Presently Jim came back running. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Itiscassell1907268 It is Foulata's voice! 'Oh, Bougwan! help! help!'. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907

Messengershadcassell1907149 Messengers had come from the King. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Ourgreatcassell1907222 Our great Englishman gathered himself together and... hit him with all his force. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Sirhenrycassell1907192 Sir Henry watched the desperate struggle with a kindling eye. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Struggledoncassell190787 Struggled on all day. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907