William Russell Flint is perhaps the most famous of the watercolour painters working in Britain during the first half of the twentieth century. He was born in 1880, the son of the painter and designer Francis Wighton Flint. Flint studied at the Edinburgh School of Art and Heatherley, London. He then joined the staff of the Illustrated London News, where he worked between 1904 and 1908. He served in the RNVR and the RAF during the First World War, but after the war he devoted the rest of his life to his art, working as a painter, illustrator, medical illustrator and lithographer. William Russell Flint is best known for his paintings of semi-nude women and these are very sought after by collectors. His work has also been widely reproduced, and since his death in 1969 even his prints have become extremely popular with collectors. He has exhibited at all the major London galleries, including 123 works at the Royal Academy and many at the Royal Watercolour Society, Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and the British Institution. In addition Russell Flint exhibited in galleries throughout the rest of the United Kingdom. His work is also represented in museums and institutions throughout the world.