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I always had Carnation Lily Lily Rose in mind when writing the book. it is one of my favourite paintings (by John Singer Sargent). He painted it over a period of several months in the evening dusk each night just to capture that curious quality of the light. I love the girls' absorption of what they're doing and the Chinese lanterns, and the sense of an English garden around them. It doesn't feature in the book, just was important for the feeling overall.
Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent. One of my favorite paintings by one of my favorite artists. I saw this on exhibit in Boston and was amazed at how the lanterns seemed to glow from within.
William Butler Yeats, 1908 John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent. This is how a master paints. Look at those hands, the fabric, the face, the spirit.
John Singer Sargent. “Two Wine Glasses"....Bellissimo effetto Sole....Talento starordinario
The Old Chair - John Singer Sargent
John Singer Sargent: Roses, c.1901. (am more used to his portraits -- the flowers are beautiful)
John Singer Sargent, Madame Gautreau....never seen this version before,
Portrait of Dr. Pozzi at Home by John Singer Sargent. Pozzi was later murdered (in 1918) by one of his patients. A sad end to a man who was said to have been a particularly gifted physician.
John Singer Sargent (American, 1856-1925), Roses, c.1901. Watercolor and gouache over pencil on paper, 14.2 x 10 i...
Lamia and the Soldier - John William Waterhouse
John William Waterhouse, Rome, Italy, (1849-1917). British painter. Romanticism, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Study for “The Lady Clare” (1900). Chalk on paper. 368x483mm. Private Collection.
A Mermaid (1900) by John William Waterhouse