Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose: The Story of a Paintingby Hugh Brewster, John Singer Sargent (Illustrator)
Young Kate Millet is the model for the painting John Singer Sargent is working on in her parents' garden. Everyone says she is posing well, even though she finds it very hard to stand still. Then, one of her father's friends arrives with his two daughters. They're older, taller and have lighter hair than Kate. Sargent decides to use them as models instead. Kate is devastated. Based on numerous letters and recollections from the period, Hugh Brewster's story describes Kate's disappointment, the many difficulties experienced by the painter through the long artistic process, Kate's reconciliation with him and how she is immortalized on canvas after all. Illustrated with over 35 of Sargent's paintings and sketches, Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose recreates the 1880s milieu of the famed American painter during an extended trip to England, and the thoughts and days of a girl who was there alongside him.
A great introduction to the world of art ...
... well-researched and engaging volume ...
This is an exquisite book, gently written and beautifully produced ... one of the most charming and instructive of art-making stories ... compelling, essential reading for anyone of any age who is interested in painting ...
This is an exquisite book ...
The Washington Post
Nervous, quiet, and excited Kate describes John Singer Sargent's visits to her home and his artistic endeavors in her English village. She is disappointed when the gruff artist drops her as a featured subject in his Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose in favor of some other children, but eventually becomes the subject of one of his portraits. The calm, mood-setting text captures elements of the more affluent lifestyles of the late 1800s. Brewster deftly develops Kate's personality, with strong emphasis on her feelings, while the painter remains a secondary character, with readers learning of his artistic technique through the child's observations. The illustrations come from a variety of sources and include mostly old, black-and-white photos (some of the real-life Kate Millet Adlard) and some recent color ones of Kate's home and of Victorian artifacts, plus many reproductions of Sargent's sketches and paintings. Soft, delicate cream-and-white borders frame the text and artwork; dark-green endpapers give the book a Victorian feel. The handsome cover reinforces Singer's interesting use of light. Libraries looking for art-related fiction should consider this carefully packaged work. Bear in mind, however, that as a picture book with lots of text, it may have a limited audience and will need to be booktalked.
Lynn K. VancaCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Meet the Author
Hugh Brewster has written and produced several critically acclaimed titles, such as Inside the Titanic, Anastasia's Album and On Juno Beach. His books have won him a Silver Birch Award, a Red Cedar Award, and the Children's Literature Roundtables of Canada Information Book Award.
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