“One Object” is a British Art Studies series that uses an object from a collection as a starting point for collaborative research. Rebecca Hellen and Elaine Kilmurray have co-authored this essay based on their recent analysis of Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose (–86) by John Singer Sargent. DOI. The story behind John Singer Sargent RA's 'Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose'. By Harriet Baker. Published 13 February With an exhibition of paintings by John Singer Sargent at the National Portrait Gallery, we take a look at one of this Royal Academician's most famous works. In , a scandal forced the painter John.
Artist: John Singer Sargent () was born in Florence, trained in Paris and died in London, but his modern sense of glamour, as well as his parentage, makes him an iconic American artist. His life as a society portraitist and an American in Europe could be out of the novels of his friend Henry James. Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose is an oil-on-canvas painting made by the Anglo-American painter John Singer Sargent in The painting depicts two small children dressed in white who are lighting paper lanterns as day turns to evening; they are in a garden strewn with pink roses, accents of yellow carnations and tall white.