"Danae" 1930, drypoint, 128x177mm; 5 1/8" x 7", wide margins. Third state (of iii). Signed in pencil, lower right. Edition size 75. A very good impression with richly-inked burr [Wright 37].
Sir William Russell Flint (1880-1969) was born in Edinburgh. After studying at the Royal Institution School of Art in Edinburgh, he left to pursue a career in medical illustration. First working at the Illustrated London News, he began his career as a free-lance artist in 1907. He illustrated a number of classical works, including Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' and ' The Odyssey'. After WWI, he was elected Associate of the Royal Academy, full member, and ultimately became President of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolor. He was knighted in 1947.
"Danae, All Open to the Stars" by Sir William Flint, depicts the story of the daughter of Akrisios, King of Argos. Her father warned Danae that she would bear a son who would kill him, and then confined Danae in a bronze subterranean chamber. Zeus descended to her in a shower of gold and she gave birth to Perseus, whereupon Akrisios put her and the infant into a wooden chest and set them afloat at sea. A fisherman named Dietys saved them. Dietys' brother Polydictes, a king, fell in love with Danae and married her. Perseus, as an adult, returned and killed Akrisios, King of Argos, as was prophesized.
"This William Russell Flint drypoint is in a 20" x 21 3/8" Larson-Juhl 'Marais II' French ebony scrolled leaf patterned panel frame with stippled background. The matching Larson-Juhl 'Marais' wood fillet echoes the frame. The outer camel linen and antique tan rag inner mats are acid and lignin free and protected with Acrylite-AR OP3 (UV) by CYRO ...... $3,000.00