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Aden Harbour by Russell Flint

Aden Harbour by Russell Flint

Scanned from a picture in 'Welcome to Aden', an armed services guidebook of ca 1960.The book acknowledges 'B. P. Aden Ltd.' for permission to reproduce the painting by Sir William Russell Flint*. (Presumably they held a helicopter in a nice long hover while he got on with the painting.)
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Thank you for showing us this fine print but I think it is the work of Francis Russell Flint who was the son of Sir William Russell Flint. I didn't see any nice young ladies depicted so I thought it was not William's work. Incidentally looking at this many shipped scene reminded me of our loyal S/N Artist Scorcher's work.
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Was about to say the same. But then again I can't find a picture by Francis Russell Flint where the same technique is employed as in this one. The use of black shade as semi-line here is particular, and it looks like the artist is familiar with it. Here's a marine by Sir William: http://www.paulmayhew.co.uk/flintbirdham.htm Also in a clearly different technique.

The signature of Francis Russel Flint: http://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/1908764
Another: http://www.auctiva.com/hostedimages/showimage.aspx?gid=180381&image=556602885&images=556602853,556602885,556602935&formats=0,0,0&format=0
Both with only capital letters.
And the signature of the father was wholly different: http://www.bpib.com/flint.htm

From the picture alone I would have guessed an Italian illustrator, someone not used to making gallery paintings at all.
 

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Yes, beaches and stein, I've been guilty of taking my customary mental exercise of jumping to conclusions. The guidebook simply says Russell Flint, and the signature on the painting itself appeared indecipherable. However, a strong light and a loupe showed up enough to settle all doubt I think. I'll post the result of my attempt to isolate it from all the printer's multicoloured dots.
 

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AN EXCELENT PAINTING OF ADEN. FROM THE LOOKS ONE OF THE LINERS IN IT IS P AND O LINES IBERIA, ONE OF UNION CASTLES ROUND AFRICA PASSENGER SHIP AND A BRITISH AIR CARAFT CARRIER.
 

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