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  • Harriet Evans

    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.

  • Alex Jilek

    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.

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