Cecilia Reading. Sir William Russell Flint RA, PRWS (British, 1880-1969).
Cecilia Green was Flint’s favourite model, appearing in many of his paintings in roles which varied from Spanish gypsy to cloistered nun. Her nude poses – more aesthetic than erotic – were, and remain, famous. Their association lasted for some 15 years, but she was much more than his model and his inspiration. Flint’s wife was confined to a nursing home with arthritis, and Cecilia took over many additional duties, such as dealing with agents and acting as hostess.