|Sir William Rusell Flint RA, PRWS, RSW (1880-1969)|
Isoult la Desirous and the Forest Maidens.
Oil on panel
Signed and dated 1908 lower right.
11 x 15 inches.
Provenance: It is thought that the painting has only been exhibited once in public, in Manchester in 1908 at the artist's first exhibition where it was purchased by Mr (William ?) Bouchier, editor of The Colliery Guardian, at that time resident in Oldham, Lancashire.
The subject is taken from a popular Victorian novel called The Forest Lovers by Maurice Henry Hewlett (1861-1923). First published in 1898 it marked a turning point in Hewlett's career. This romantic fable features a knight, Prosper Le Gai, and a peasant girl, Isoult la Desirous whom he rescues in an idealised Medieval New Forest.
Sir William Rusell Flint RA, PRWS, RSW (1880-1969):
Well known watercolour painter and illustrator, Sir William Russell Flint was born in Edinburgh where he studied lithography. He was the son an artist, Francis Wighton Flint. He moved to London in 1900 where he studied at Heatherley's. He initially worked as an illustrator and joined the staff of London Illustrated News from 1904-1908. After around 1910 he began to paint almost exclusively in watercolours. He travelled widely in France and Italy and gained a reputation for romantic studies of female figures and nudes, mythological subjects and genre scenes. In 1917 he became a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours of which he became president from 1936-1956. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy and the Royal Society of Painter Etchers and Engravers in 1933. During the Second World War, Russell Flint served in the R.N.V.R. and R.A.F., working on airships. His work was exhibited widely and is represented in the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and elsewhere.