Sir William Russell Flint





 

The Fine Art Trade Guild Stamping


The old stamping machine, shown beneath, was used from 1847 until 1973 to place the embossed stamp
on Limited Editions which had been approved by the Stamping Committee, later known as the Approval Committee.
It was ensured that all unstamped copies of the edition were destroyed as well as the means of reproduction
so that no further copies could be made. There was a maximum edition size of 850 prints, though some editions
were smaller.
guild machine
The electric machine that was used until recently to stamp Guild approved Limited Editions had three wheels.
On each there were ten letters "A" "E" "C" "D" "E" "F" "H" "J" "K" "L"
(no "G" in order to avoid confusion with "J")
Before the electric machine, the prints were stamped manually, and the letters on the wheels changed
Sadly, the Fine Art Trade Guild have lost the records of which letters were used and during which period.
Below is the translation of the coding system into numerical equivalents.
An early Guild stamp 1847-1973
guild stamp early
A more recent Guild stamp 1973-2003
guild stamp recent

We are specialists in the work of Russell Flint and have for sale hundreds of his limited editions
and a good selection of watercolours
The Dordogne has always been a favourite for Russell Flint, and he has produced many highly acclaimed works of art, close to the picturesque towns of St. Jean deCole and Brantome is La Chabroulie, www.perigeux.com.
Particularly collectable prints are those which have been personally signed and published as a limited edition.
In fact when published, the whole limited edition was often bought within hours.
These prints do not exist in any other form, there is only one limited edition signed print run, which is copyrighted, these art works are now extremely collectable
the earlier ones date back some 70 years.

His unique style has elevated Sir William and his work to the highest realms of the watercourist's world, and enjoys the respect and admiration of many fellow artists, critics and collectors alike.
World renowned David Shepherd artist is of particular importance, his work can be viewed here. The paintings and signed prints are an amazing expression that captures the feeling and the character of a scene. It must be mentioned that the artwork of one particulary successful artist some forty to fifty years ago has now moved into enormous prominence both artistically and financially.
The artwork of Mr Lowry continues to climb in financial terms at an incredible velocity and has now become of greater value than such modern masters as Picasso.