Florentine Anemones, A Yellow VarietyArtist: probably
Henry Roderick Newman
, American, about 1843 - c.1917
Material and Medium: watercolour and bodycolour on paper
Dimensions: Mount: 623 x 457mm
Support: 475 x 342mm
Accession Number: CGSG00234
John Ruskin bought this watercolour from a selection of flower studies that Newman had produced in Florence. Newman probably used these watercolour drawings as practice studies, before painting larger paintings of the flowers within a landscape. This type of landscape painting was very popular with tourists in Florence.
Ruskin, who described anemones as 'one of the loveliest children of the field', felt that artists did not spend enough time painting flowers. He attributed this to artists having 'the idea that such work was easy', and that they wanted only to 'pursue dramatic sensation.' He felt that an artist should 'day by day… draw some lovely natural form or flower …choosing for study, in natural scenes, only what is beautiful and strong in life.'