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



Thankgodcassell190790 'Thank God!' he said, with a sigh of relief, 'it is not my brother'. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Thefemalecassell1907 The female form… was of great though severe beauty. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Thereitcassell1907frontispiece 'There it is!' Cried the dying man in Portuguese... 'But I shall never reach it, never'. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Theroyalcassell1907138 The royal salute of 'Koom!'. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907

Thesearchcassell1907277 The search for treasure has brought many to a bad end, and we shall go to swell their number.. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Thiswickedcassell1907 This wicked old creature pouring out supplications, evil ones, no doubt, to the arch enemy of mankind. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Toandcassell1907211 To and fro swung the surging mass of struggling, stabbing humanity . King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907
Withacassell1907156 With a wild yell Gagool’s horrid ministers broke away in every direction. King Solomon's Mines. Revised Edition. 1907