John Singer SargentCarnation, Lily, Lily, Rose 1885-6

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Artist
John Singer Sargent (1856‑1925)
Title
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
Date 1885-6
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1740 x 1537 mm frame: 2185 x 1970 x 130 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1887
Reference
N01615
On display at Tate Britain
Room: 1840

Summary

The inspiration for this picture came during a boating expedition Sargent took on the Thames at Pangbourne in September 1885, with the American artist Edwin Austin Abbey, during which he saw Chinese lanterns hanging among trees and lilies. He began the picture while staying at the home of the painter F.D. Millet at Broadway, Worcestershire, shortly after his move to Britain from Paris. At first he used the Millets's five-year-old daughter Katharine as his model, but she was soon replaced by Polly and Dorothy (Dolly) Barnard, the daughters of the illustrator Frederick Barnard, because they had the exact haircolour Sargent was seeking… (read more)

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