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Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

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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.

Tate Britain

London

  • Date

    1885-6

  • Medium

    Oil on canvas

  • Measurements

    174 x 153.7 cm

  • Accession number

    N01615

  • Acquisition method

    Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1887

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