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Scenes of Summer: Lily, Lily, Rose

Venue: Caversham Room at Cadogan Hall


Sophie Pullen
Adriana Festeu
Richard Dowling
Natalie Burch

An end of term talk and recital celebration with a glass of wine!

The celebrated American painter John Singer Sargent (1856–1925) was also an accomplished musician and would often interrupt his work to play the piano. Throughout his career, Sargent created portraits that intimated entire worlds, dramas or what Henry James often called ‘scenes’. This morning’s talk and recital of French music is inspired by scenes of summer and Sargent’s famous picture Carnation, Lily, Lily Rose which was conceived during a boating expedition on the Thames in 1885 when the artist saw Chinese lanterns hanging among trees and lilies. Painted en plein air in the late summer of 1885 and 1886, and named after a popular song, its style links French impressionism with English pre-Raphaelitism and captures the transient quality of ‘fugitive evening light’. The refrain of the song asks the question ‘Have you seen my Flora pass this way?’ to which the answer is ‘Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose’.

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