Item #CL207-22 Slippery Steps. William Russell Flint, 1880–1969 Brit.
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Slippery Steps

1929. Drypoint, editioned “XII”, signed and annotated in ink and titled in pencil in lower margin, 24.1 x 17.5cm. Slight foxing, stains and old mount burn to margins.

Wright #20. Annotation reads “Paper: Whatman 1831.”

This drypoint is considered Flint’s most iconic image.

First achieving fame for his Illustrations and then for his watercolours, Edinburgh-born William Russell Flint was also a gifted printmaker and a writer. At 14, he took up an apprenticeship as a draughtsman with an Edinburgh printing firm, and began his formal education in art. In 1900, Flint went to London to work as a medical illustrator, and then as an illustrator for The Illustrated London News. He next worked as a book illustrator, providing colour plates for limited editions of the classics, including The Canterbury Tales. During 1912 and 1913 he visited Italy and soon after took up etching which he studied at the Hammersmith School of Art in 1914. The bulk of his etchings were produced from 1928 to 1932. Flint became a member of the Royal Academy in 1933 and President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour (now the Royal Watercolour Society) in 1936. He was knighted in 1947 for his artistic contributions. Ref: British Intaglio Prints, exhibition catalogue, Auckland City Art Gallery, 1979; Watercolour New Zealand Society; Wiki.

Item #CL207-22

Price (AUD): $4,400.00  other currencies

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