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SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT: A PRIVATE COLLECTION 4TH DECEMBER 2020 EDINBURGH


SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT: A PRIVATE COLLECTION FRIDAY 04 DECEMBER 2020 AT 2PM FOLLOWED BY SCOTTISH PAINTINGS & SCULPTURE LOTS 25-118 AT 3PM & LOTS 119-223 AT 6PM Sale Number LT623

CONTACT EDINBURGH +44 (0) 131 557 8844 info@lyonandt urnbull.com

VIEWING BY APPOINTMENT

BIDDING AT THIS SALE

Viewing at 33 Broughton Place Edinburgh EH1 3RR will be available by appointment from 28th November until 4th December, 10am-4pm, Weekend 11am-4pm

ONLINE, TELEPHONE & COMMISSION BIDDING Please see the guide to bidding on page 32

BOOKING Front Cover Lot 16 [detail] Inside Front Cover Lot 5 [detail]

To book a viewing time please either CALL +44 (0) 131 557 8844 EMAIL info@lyonandturnbull.com BOOK ONLINE www.lyonandturnbull.com/appointment-bookings


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BUYER'S GUIDE This sale is subject to our Standard conditions of Sale (available at the back of every catalogue and on our website). If you have not bought before we will be delighted to help you.

BUYER’S PREMIUM

REGISTRATION

CATALOGUE DESCRIPTIONS

The buyer shall pay the hammer price together with a premium, at the following rate, thereon.

All potential buyers must register prior to placing a bid. Registration information may be submitted in person at our registration desk, by email, by fax or on our website. Please note that all first-time bidders at Lyon & Turnbull will be asked to supply the following documents in order to facilitate registration:

All item descriptions, dimensions and estimates are provided for guidance only. It is the buyer’s responsibility to inspect all lots prior to bidding to ensure that the condition is to their satisfaction. There will be no public viewing for this auction, our specialists will be happy to prepare condition reports and additional images. These are for guidance only and all lots are sold ‘as found’, as per our Conditions of Sale.

25% up to £300,000 / 20% thereafter. VAT will be charged on the premium at the rate imposed by law (see our Conditions of Sale at the back of this catalogue). ADDITIONAL VAT

1 – Government issued photo ID (Passport/Driving licence)

†V  AT at the standard rate payable on the hammer price

2 – Proof of address (utility bill/ bank statement).

* 5% import VAT payable on the hammer price

We may, at our option, also ask you to provide a bank reference and/ or deposit.

No VAT is payable on the hammer price or premium for books bought at auction. DROIT DE SUITE § indicates works which may be subject to the Droit de Suite or Artist’s Resale Right, a royalty payment for all qualifying works of art. Under new legislation which came into effect on 1st January 2012, this applies to living artists and artists who have died in the last 70 years. This royalty will be charged to the buyer on the hammer price and in addition to the buyer’s premium. It will not apply to works where the hammer price is less than €1,000 (euros). The charge for works of art sold at and above €1,000 (euros) and below €50,000 (euros) is 4%. For items selling above €50,000 (euros), charges are calculated on a sliding scale.More information on Droit de Suite is available at www.dacs. org.uk

By registering for the sale, the buyer acknowledges that he or she has read, understood and accepted our Conditions of Sale (available at the back of every catalogue and on our website).

COLLECTION OF PURCHASED LOTS Due to social distancing requirements, all collections will be by appointment only (this applies to both carriers and personal collections). BOOK ONLINE www. lyonandturnbull.com/ appointment-bookings

BIDDING & PAYMENT

CALL 0131 557 8844

For information on bidding options see our Guide to Bidding & Payment at the back of the catalogue.

Please ensure payment has been made prior to collection. This can be done by bank transfer, and debit/credit card online (powered by Sage Pay) - details will be shown on your invoice.

REMOVAL OF PURCHASES Responsibility for packing, shipping and insurance shall be exclusively that of the purchaser. See Collections & Storage section for more info specific to this particular auction.

Please note we are unable to take payments over the phone.


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MEET THE SPECIALISTS At Lyon & Turnbull we want to make buying at auction as easy and enjoyable as possible. Our specialist team are on hand to assist you, whether you are looking for something in particular for your home or collection, require more detailed information about the history or current condition of a lot, or just want to find out more about the auction process.

Nick Curnow Head of Department nick.curnow@lyonandturnbull.com

Charlotte Riordan Specialist charlotte.riordan@lyonandturnbull.com

Lauren Colavita Specialist lauren.colavita@lyonandturnbull.com

Carly Shearer Specialist carly.shearer@lyonandturnbull.com


By his death in 1969, Sir William Russell Flint was a world famous artist, and originals and reproductions of his work hang in collections and galleries all over the UK and abroad. Known for his remarkable technical watercolour skill, he also painted in oil and tempera and produced fine drawings, etchings and book illustrations. Many will be familiar with the wide variety of his subject matter, which spanned picturesque gypsies and sensuous nudes, to luminous landscapes and seascapes of Scotland, France, Italy and Switzerland. Lyon & Turnbull is delighted to present to market a group of exceedingly fine examples of this popular artist’s work. Charles Wheeler, President of the Royal Academy at the time of Flint’s retrospective in 1962, described his artistic touch simultaneously delicate and precise - as a “baffling skill”. This unerring precision was likely learned during the early years of his life, training as an apprentice lithographic draughtsman with Banks & Co. Printers in his home city of Edinburgh. Flint soon moved to London and, after the interlude of the First World War during which he served as a Lieutenant in the RNVR and later as a captain in the RAF, the artist soon found his career taking off. Very soon, he was able to earn a living solely from his watercolours.

His success afforded him the opportunity to frequently travel abroad on painting excursions to Europe. He was fascinated by the distinctive climates, architecture, costumes and customs of foreign countries, and this degree of engagement with his subject can be seen reflected in his romanticised interpretations of local life. The pure escapism of his imagery appealed greatly to his audience of collectors. Idealised female figures on pristine beaches or reclining on elegant furniture seemed to at once embody and amplify all that was joyous of the roaring 1920s, whilst simultaneously harking back to a rose-tinted idyll of a past era. In 1962, almost at the end of his career, his genius was internationally acclaimed by a solo exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art, of which Flint had been a member since 1933. His widely recognisable work is still sought out and well-collected to this day, and examples can be viewed in major institutions including the British Museum, and the Victoria & Albert Museum. It is no surprise then, that the works we look forward to welcoming onto the market shown here, represent the dedicated and passionate collecting of a single private owner who has carefully accrued some of the finest examples to be offered at auction for some time.


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1§ SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) THE PINK PAVILION Signed, watercolour 25.5cm x 33cm (10in x 13in)

£3,000-5,000

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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Illustrated previous spread

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SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) PORTRAIT OF HELENA

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SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) TWO TO A TENT - 1938 Signed, watercolour

Signed, signed and inscribed on a label verso, watercolour 49cm x 66.5cm (19.25in x 26.25in)

33cm x 50cm (13in x 19.5in)

Provenance: The Fine Art Society Ltd. London - Dec. 1947.

£6,000-8,000

£7,000-10,000

Detail on page 4

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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4ยง SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) TWO TOGETHER Signed, signed and inscribed verso, watercolour 38cm x 54cm (15in x 21.25in)

ยฃ6,000-8,000


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5§ SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) ADVANCE GUARD OF A CIRCUS, TARASCON Signed, watercolour 49.5cm x 67.5cm (19.5in x 26.5in)

£5,000-7,000

Detail on inside front cover

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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6ยง SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) PEELING POTATOES AT GREAT ENGLEBOURNE Signed, signed and inscribed to backboard verso, tempera 49cm x 75cm (19.5in x 29.5in)

ยฃ6,000-8,000


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SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) SKIERS

SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969)

Signed, watercolour 31.5cm x 49cm (12.5in x 19.25in)

Signed, signed and inscribed to backboard verso, watercolour

£4,000-6,000

26cm x 16.5cm (10.25in x 6.5in)

RAY AS MADAME DUBARRY

Provenance: Frost & Reid, London - D14673.

£10,000-15,000

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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10 § SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) SANTA MARIA DELLA SALUTE, VENICE Signed, signed and inscribed on the backboard verso, watercolour

9§ SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) CHURCH DOOR, SOSPEL Signed, signed and inscribed on the backboard, watercolour 38cm x 28cm (15in x 11in) Exhibited: Royal Society of Painters in Watercolour 1963, no.1.

£3,000-5,000

37.5cm x 55cm (14.75in x 21.75in) Provenance: Frost & Reid, Bristol - D9803. Exhibited: Royal Academy of Arts, London Sir William Russell Flint 1962 - No.190.

£4,000-6,000


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11 ยง SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) ARABELLA IN DOUBT Signed, watercolour 24cm x 33cm (9.5in x 13in)

ยฃ4,000-6,000


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12 § SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) AT THE WATER’S EDGE Signed, watercolour 48cm x 66cm (19in x 26in)

£7,000-10,000

Detail on inside back cover

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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13 ยง SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) THE GENDARME AND THE LADY ARTIST, SEMUR Signed, signed and inscribed to the backboard verso, watercolour 30cm x 33cm (12in x 13in)

ยฃ3,000-5,000


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14 § SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) OUR BAY OF CONTEMPLATION Signed, watercolour 25cm x 33cm (9.75in x 13in)

£3,000-5,000

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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15 ยง SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) THE UNEXPLORED CITY - 1960 Signed and dated, watercolour 49.5cm x 67.5cm (19.5in x 26in)

ยฃ5,000-7,000 Note: This painting is accompanied by two letters from the artist to the original owner. One referring to the origin of the title, and the other asking whether the painting would be available for an exhibition at the Royal Academy.


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16 § SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) JEMIMA Signed, inscribed on the backboard verso ‘For Norman Wilkinson C.B.E. March 1964, Norman please accept this little watercolour in recollection of our happy friendship of 60 years Willy, 6.3.64,’ watercolour 30.5cm x 23cm (12in x 9in) Exhibited: Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours, 1964 - No. 2

£6,000-8,000 Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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17 ยง SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) AN ANGEVIN INTERIOR Signed, signed and inscribed to backboard verso, watercolour 49cm x 66cm (19.25in x 26in) Exhibited: Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour - No.1.

ยฃ5,000-7,000


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18 § SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) LIBERATION Signed, mixed media 41cm x 51cm (16in x 20in)

£6,000-8,000

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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19 ยง SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) PORTRAIT OF DENISE Signed, signed and inscribed on a label verso, watercolour 49.5cm x 67.5cm (19.5in x 26.5in)

ยฃ7,000-10,000


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20 § SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) MOCK ANXIETY Signed, signed and inscribed to the backboard verso, watercolour 49.5cm x 67.5cm (19.5in x 26.5in) Note: This work is also labelled with the alternative title ‘Sport on the Sands.’

£8,000-12,000

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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21 § SIR WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) THE SILVER FROCK Signed, signed and inscribed to backboard verso, watercolour 11cm x 26cm (4.25in x 10.25in)

£15,000-20,000

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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22 WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) A COMPARATIVE REVIEW OF THE ARTIST’S SIGNED LIMITED EDITION PRINTS authored by Keith S. Gardner and Nigel D. Clark. Bristol: Sir William Russell Flint Galleries Ltd., 1986. Small 4to, number 381 of 1500 copies and one of 500 de-luxe copies, full blue morocco gilt with gilt dancer motif to upper cover, slipcase £200-300

Other fees apply in addition to the hammer price: see the ‘Buyer’s Guide’ section on page 2


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23 WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) IN PURSUIT. AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY London: Privately printed for Sir William Russell Flint by The Medici Society, 1970. 4to, illustrations throughout, number 6 of 1050 copies, signed by Francis Russell Flint, this being one of 150 copies bound in full blue morocco by Mansell, with gilt huntress motif to the upper cover, slipcase £300-500

24 WILLIAM RUSSELL FLINT P.R.A., P.R.W.S., R.S.W., R.O.I., R.E. (SCOTTISH 1880-1969) THE LISPING GODDESS. A FIGUREHEAD FANTASY Worcester: privately printed for Sir William Russell Flint R.A. at the Stanbrook Abbey Press, 1968. 4to, copy number 64 of 275 copies, signed by Flint on the title verso, illustrations, original blue quarter morocco gilt by Mansell, over cloth with gilt emblem to upper cover, slipcase £300-500


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GUIDE TO BIDDING & PAYMENT REGISTRATION

BY PHONE

All potential buyers must register prior to placing a bid. Registration information may be submitted in person at our registration desk, by email, by fax or on our website. Please note that all first time bidders at Lyon & Turnbull will be asked to supply the following documents in order to facilitate registration:

A limited number of telephone lines are available for bidding by phone through a Lyon & Turnbull representative. Phone lines must be reserved in advance. All bid requests must be received an hour before the sale. All telephone bids must be confirmed in writing, listing the relevant lots and appropriate number to be called. We recommend that a covering bid is also left in the event that we are unable to make the call. We cannot guarantee that lines will be available, or that we will be able to call you on the day, but will endeavour to undertake such bids to the best of our abilities. This service is available entirely at our discretion and at the bidder’s risk.

1 – Government issued photo ID (Passport/Driving licence) 2 – Proof of address (utility bill/bank statement). We may, at our option, also ask you to provide a bank reference and/ or deposit. By registering for the sale, the buyer acknowledges that he or she has read, understood and accepted our Conditions of Sale. BIDDING At the Sale Registered bidders will be assigned a bidder number and given a paddle for use at the sale. Once the first bid has been placed, the auctioneer asks for higher bids in increments determined by the auctioneer. To place your bid, simply raise your paddle until the auctioneer acknowledges you. Please ensure that the auctioneer repeats your bidder number correctly when confirming the sale. If there is any doubt at this stage as to the hammer price or buyer it must be brought to the auctioneer’s attention immediately. All lots will be invoiced to the name and address given on your registration form, which is nontransferable.

IN WRITING Bid forms are available at the sale and/or the back of the catalogue. These should be submitted in person, by post, or by fax as soon as possible prior to the sale and we will bid on your behalf up to the limit indicated. In the event of receiving two identical bids the first one received will take precedence All bids must be received an hour before the sale. This service is provided entirely at the bidder’s risk. ON THE INTERNET A fully-illustrated catalogue is available on our website. Registered bidders may leave absentee bids through the website and will receive email confirmation of their bid. Live online bidding is also available - access through our website, or download the live bidding app L&T Live. This service is offered for no additional fee.

PAYMENT Payment is due within seven (7) days of the sale. Lots purchased will not be released until full payment has been received. Payment may be made by the following methods: BANK TRANSFER Account details are included on any invoices we issue or upon request from our accounts department. CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS Payment can be made by Visa Debit, Maestro, Mastercard or Visa Credit cards. ONLINE CARD PAYMENTS We no longer accept card payments by phone. Please use our online payment service (provided by Cardstream/ Credorax). You will find a link to this service in any email invoice issued or you can visit the payments section of our website. CHEQUE Cheques should be made payable to Lyon & Turnbull Ltd. We reserve the right to wait until cheques have been cleared by our bankers before releasing bought goods. Cheques can be cleared prior to sale on request. Cheques drawn by third parties cannot be accepted. If paying by post please include the slip from your invoice. CASH Cash payments can be made at the accounts desk during or after a sale. Cash payments are limited to £5,000 per annum.


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