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Francis Murray Russell Flint RSW VPRWS ROI RSMA (1915-1977)

Francis Russell Murray Flint, RSW VPRWS ROI RSMA (1915-1977)

As the son of one of the greatest watercolourists and illustrators of the early twentieth century, Francis Russell Flint was able to use the influence of his father and an upbringing steeped in naval tradition, to become a distinguished painter in his own right, most notably of maritime and coastal scenes.

Francis Russell Flint was born in Brentford, Middlesex on 3 June 1915, the only child of the eminent illustrator and watercolourist, Sir William Russell Flint and his wife, Sibyl
(née Sueter). He spent his early childhood in West London, first in Hammersmith, and then, from 1925, at Peel Cottage, in Kensington, where his father would live and work for the rest of his life. Francis was educated at Cheltenham College and the Grosvenor School of Modern Art in Pimlico. His artistic training continued at the Royal Academy Schools, followed by a period studying in Paris. During the mid 1930s, he also spent time aboard the HMS Conway, a school ship moored in the Mersey, in preparation for serving in the Merchant Navy.

Francis Russell Flint grew up in a family with a proud maritime heritage, that would strongly influence his later work.

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