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Tulips, roses, jonquils, carnations, fritillaries and a single blue iris are massed into a Chinese vase; costly flowers in a costly container. Above them all, Madonna lilies rise like shining white trumpets at the peak of the bouquet, made slightly less regal by the tiny beetle making its way up a spotless petal. Other insects play hide-and-seek in the shadows made by leaves.
Oil on copper
H 68.6 x W 50.7 cm
Accepted by HM Government in lieu of Inheritance Tax and allocated to the National Gallery, 2010