The painter John Singer Sargent spent summer seasons in an artist’s colony in Broadway, Worcestershire. It was here that Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose was completed, arguably one of his most famous works and to which Lily Rose Cottage was the backdrop.
He worked on the picture while staying at the home of the painter F.D. Millet at Broadway, shortly after his move to Britain from Paris in 1885. Sargent was able to work for only a few minutes each evening when the light was exactly right. He would place his easel and paints beforehand and pose his models in anticipation of the few moments when he could paint the mauvish light of dusk.
Originally housed at the South Kensington Gallery (now the V&A), it was permanently placed in the newly created National Gallery for British Art, now called Tate Britain, where it is now one of the gallery’s most loved paintings.