Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Flint, [Sir] W Russell

(1880-1969) UK artist, one of the very few book and magazine illustrators to blossom into a painter of the first rank. After producing 32 illustrations for H Rider Haggard's King Solomon's Mines (1905), WRF was commissioned to illustrate a long series of ancient and historical classics from The Song of Songs (1909) to The Odyssey (1924). His most ambitious project was the ten-guinea set of Sir Thomas Malory's Le Morte Darthur (1910-1911 4 vols) with 48 mounted colour plates. Medievalism was then much in vogue, and Flint's painting of "The Passing of King Arthur" won him a silver medal at the Paris Salon. His editions of Charles Kingsley's The Heroes (1912) and Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales (1913 3 vols) were equally popular and beautifully produced. During the last half of his life, WRF became world-famous for his paintings of landscapes, gypsies and nudes. [RD]

further reading: In Pursuit, An Autobiography (1970).

[Sir] William Russell Flint


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