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William Russell Flint: Art for Fairy Tales, the Classics and Opera



William Russell Flint (1880-1969) was a Scottish painter who is associated with the Golden Age of Illustration .


He has been referred to as the greatest watercolour artists of his time.


The William Russell Flint Collection at Spirit of the Ages includes art images from some of his seminal work. As a valuable reference resource,

options are also provided for purchasing a range of gifts, including reproduction prints, posters and greeting cards.


Russell Flint was formally trained in art at the Royal Institution School of Art in Edinburgh and served an apprenticeship at a printing works before

moving to London at the age of 20. Before becoming a freelance artist in 1907, he worked for "The Illustrated London News" from 1903.


His illustrations for Limited Editions of a number of classic works are greatly collectable.


William Russell Flint (vintage photograph)

Some of the most collectable books features illustrations by William Russell Flint include: "The Thoughts of

the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909),  Mallory's "Le Morte D'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur

and his  Noble Knights of the Round Table" (1910-11), Kingsley's "The Heroes; or, Greek Fairy Tales for

My Children" (1912) and Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales" (published as "The Canterbury Tales of Geoffrey

Chaucer'' in 1913).









To the left, we show a vintage photograph of William Russell Flint


Whilst preparing illustrations for publications from the Medici Society, Russell Flint also took commissions from other commercial publishers,

including those for "The Savoy Operas" (1909) and "Iolanthe and Other Operas" (1910) produced by George Bell & Sons.


Each of those operatic themed titles included magnificent illustrations that were well-received upon release.


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William Russell Flint - ''Selene''


In "The Studio" (Vol. 60; 1913), A L Baldry provided an interesting overview of Russell Flint's career to that time in

'A Romanticist Painter: W Russell Flint'. Later, in his posthumously published autobiography, "In Pursuit: An

Autobiography", Russell Flint described the subtle career transition he experienced after World War I thus:


On getting out of uniform in February 1919 I found that so many people wanted my

watercolours that I ceased to be an illustrator and became a painter. From 1919 to

the present day I have lived by my brush, still in pursuit of my own undefinable ideal.


Despite that transition, however, Russell Flint participated in a further two sumptuous illustrated books following World War I:

Lang's translation of Bucolic poetry "Theocritus, Bion and  Moschus" (1922); and "The Odyssey of Homer" (1924).


Some decades after his first consolidated suites of illustrations were published, his skills were recognised by the Royal

Academy and throughout the 1920s and 1930s Russell Flint was elected to a variety of positions, including: Associate of

the Royal Academy (1924); Member of the Royal  Academy (1933); and President of the Royal Academy of Painters in

Watercolour (1936).


In 1962, his artistic record was recognised by the Crown when he received a knighthood.






 To the left, we show ''Selene'' by William Russell Flint

 Illustrations within the Collection are from valuable First Edition publications illustrated by William Russell Flint, including:

We invite you to take the time to peruse the wonderful artwork from William Russell Flint that is included in the Collection - to view images from any one of Russell Flint's suites listed

below, simply 'click' on the hyperlinks embedded within the titles and the images.



Suites of illustrations from William Russell Flint depicting Fairy Tales, the Classics and Opera


William Russell

"The Thoughts of the Emperor

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus"

12 images

William Russell Flint 

"Savoy Operas"

32 images

William Russell Flint

"Iolanthe and Other Operas"

32 images

William Russell Flint

"Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of

King Arthur and his Noble Knights

of the Round Table"

48 images

William Russell Flint

"The Heroes; or Greek Fairy

Tales for My Children"

12 images

An illustration by William Russell Flint for ''The Thoughts of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus'' (1909)A William Russell Flint illustration from ''Savoy Operas'' (1909)A William Russell Flint illustration for ''Iolanthe and Other Operas'' (1910)William Russell Flint illustration for ''Le Morte d'Arthur: The Book of King Arthur and his Noble Knights of the Round Table''A William Russell Flint illustration for ''The Heroes; or, Greek Fairy Tales for My Children'' 

William Russell Flint

"The Canterbury Tales

of Geoffrey Chaucer"

36 images


William Russell Flint

"Theocritus, Bion and Moschus"

20 images

William Russell Flint

"The Odyssey of Homer"

20 images

A William Russell Flint illustration for ''The Canberbury Tales of Geoffrey Chaucer''An image from ''Theocritus, Bion and Moschus'' (1922) illustrated by William Russell FlintWilliam Russell Flint illustration for ''The Odyssey of Homer''   


Purchasing our Posters and Cards showcasing the art of William Russell Flint for fairy tales, the classics and opera


When presented on Cards - including Greeting and Note Card - these images are prepared as tipped-on plates - in 'hommage' to the hand-crafted approach typical

of prestige illustrated publications produced in the early decades of the 20th Century. Each card is hand-finished and the images are presented on Ivory card stock

(in the case of colour illustrations) or White card stock (in the case of monotone images) with an accompanying envelope.


Each of our Fine Art Posters is prepared with archival quality papers and inks.


Should you wish to order posters or cards, we have provided options throughout the site. To purchase, simply click on the appropriate "Add to Cart" button and you

will be taken through to our Shopping Cart secured through PayPal. Multiple purchases will be consolidated by that feature and shipping and handling costs to any

destination in the world are accommodated by our flat-rate fee of US$20 for every US$200 worth of purchases.


Of course, should you wish to discuss some customised options, we welcome your contact on any matter through email by ThePeople@SpiritoftheAges.com.


In the meantime, enjoy perusing these wonderful images from William Russell Flint.


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