Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Consider The Lilies [And The Roses]

On Sunday I took the service at a nearby chapel. The lovely people there gave me some flowers at the end of the service [thank you, friends]. Aren't they beautiful? I have displayed them in the gorgeous ruby vase which the family gave us for our Anniversary in August.
I cannot wait for the lilies to open out as well.
Lilies and roses are among my favourite flowers.
And one of my favourite paintings [owned by the nation and now on display in Tate Britain] is John Singer Sargent's "Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose.
It is said to have been inspired when the artist took a boat trip down the Thames, one evening in 1885, and saw Chinese lanterns hanging among the trees. This lovely picture of the lights, and flowers, and the girls seems to encapsulate childish innocence and beauty.
Update; Here's a picture of the elegant "handkerchief" vase on its own, as requested by Kezzie. This picture doesn't quite do justice to the deep ruby colour of the glass. 


  1. We used this painting for inspiration for Style Imitating Art a few years ago, I remember it! So pretty! Your flowers are very pretty! It was hard to see the vase, so perhaps a photo of it on its own would be nice to see also!

  2. That is such a gorgeous, rich colour. The roses are lovely too!

  3. A beautiful vase indeed. I too like the painting - I wonder about its slightly bizarre title - Who is Lily? Or is it the flower...Do you know, Ang?

    1. The names are the flowers in the picture. The children's names are Polly and Dorothy https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artworks/sargent-carnation-lily-lily-rose-n01615


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