Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose

John Singer SargentAround 1885

Tate Britain

Tate Britain
London, United Kingdom

This painting is set in a garden in the Cotswolds village of Broadway, where John Singer Sargent stayed in the summer of 1885. The children lighting Japanese lanterns with tapers are Dolly (left) and Polly Barnard. Their father was the illustrator Frederick Barnard - a friend of Sargent's. Sargent wanted to capture the exact level of light at dusk so he painted the picture out of doors, in the Impressionist manner. As autumn came and the flowers died he resorted to painting flowers in pots. The title comes from the refrain of a popular song The Wreath by Joseph Mazzinghi.


  • Title: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
  • Creator: John Singer Sargent
  • Creator Death Place: London, United Kingdom
  • Creator Birth Place: Firenze, Italia
  • Date Created: Around 1885
  • Provenance: Presented by the Trustees of the Chantrey Bequest 1887
  • Physical Dimensions: w1537 x h174 mm
  • Original Title: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on Canvas

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