William Flint was the son of F. Wighton Flint. He studied with a lithographer in Edinburgh. From 1900, he worked as an illustrator in London before beginning to paint almost exclusively in watercolours. In 1917, he became a member of the Royal Society of Painters in Watercolours, of which he was president from 1936 to 1956. He was elected a member of the Royal Academy in 1933.
He is known in particular for the studies he brought back from trips to France and Italy, including: Blue Riviera, the Garonne; Scottish landscapes such as Storm, Loch Earn; female figures and nudes; genre scenes including Sun, Sand and Conversation; and Romantically inspired compositions such as The Huntresses and the Knight and mythological scenes such as Andromeda, The Judgement of Paris. He began to show his work at group exhibitions in 1905 and 1906 (Salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Paris). In 1906 and 1907, he showed at the Royal Academy in London; in 1909 and 1914 in Venice and in 1914 in Berlin. In 1912, he began working for the Riccardi Press in London providing watercolour designs for colour illustrations of M. Arnold's Poems, Kingsley's Heroes, Malory's Mort d'Arthur and Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.
Museum and Gallery Holdings
Birmingham (Mus. and AG): Shipyard Gleaners (1924-1925, oil on canvas); Silver and Gold (1929-1930, oil on canvas)
Dundee (University Fine Art Collection): Winter Sport (1927, print)
Edinburgh (Scottish Gal. of Modern Art): Two Models in a Studio (1920, watercolour on linen)
Greenock (McLean Mus. and AG): several watercolours
Harrogate (Mercer AG): Landscape Melting Snow, Gaerloch (watercolour on paper)
London (Courtauld Institute of Art): Autumn at Tourettes (1963, pen and ink, watercolour, bodycolour on paper)