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watercolour painting of nuns having fun with interruption by sister

Sir William Russell Flint, R.A., P.R.S.W. (1880-1969)


Size: 16" x 22" (41 x 56cms) Watercolour, signed lower left and further signed and dated 1957 on rear (and various labels verso)

Exhibited - Royal Academy, London, 1962, number 80

Provenance - Engagement present from the artist to Cecilia Greene

Exhibited - Frost and Reed, London

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Sir William Russell Flint was probably the most important British watercolour artist of the twentieth century. His fame came from his lavish female portrayals and his favourite model was Cecilia Greene. He painted "Interruption - Bolton Castle" in 1957 and gave it to Cecilia on 28th December 1957 as an engagement present. She married the fine art consultant and good friend of Russell Flint, Mr John Simmons, in 1958 but continued modelling for the artist until 1966. Cecilia was a trained ballet dancer and so had the suppleness and skill to hold long and difficult poses demanded by the great artist. She appeared in many of his paintings in roles which varied from Spanish gypsy to cloistered nun. To see the artist at work with Cecilia Greene in 1956, watch the YouTube by clicking here - Paintings by Sir William Russell Flint.