Sir William Russell Flint
Sir William Russell Flint, throughout his long professional life, has made for his own satisfaction many drawings of favourite models, scenes and subjects. Of these, 134 are included in this carefully produced volume.
As this selection of his work bears witness, no artist has more exacting standards than Sir William. A sensuous eye is combined with an austere line, the classical manner dovetails with a romantic sensibility. Thus the range of his achievement, as exhibited in this book, spreads from the nude study, of which he is an acknowledged master, to the landscape drawing and the pencil portrait. He shows an equally masterly control over such diverse subjects as Gitanas Dancing, The Bull Market at Salamanca, Miss Moira Shearer, and Miss Vivien Leigh as Cleopatra. Such maturity of technique and such freshness of vision is a combination that is rarely discovered.
The descriptive notes were written by Sir William himself and must be, as he says, in some degree revelations of the working artist’s mind. As such they provide absorbing evidence for those interested in the process of creative activity; beyond this, they are excellent reading for all who find pleasure in the drawings and are interested in the incidents and memories connected with them.
This volume is the result of several years of co-operation between artist, publisher and printer. The drawings are produced by photogravure.
Hardcover; 188 pages with 134 sepia and black & white reproductions.
Blue linen with Quarter Beige gilt lettering on cover and spine. Grey printed dust jacket. Some foxing on first few pages. Illustrations & text are unmarked.
London: Collins, 1950. First Edition. Printed in Great Britain by Bemrose and Sons Ltd. Derby. Text set in Fontana by the publishers at Cathedral Street Glasgow.
RRP $385.00 plus P&P.