The Most Beautiful Painting in London and Evensong at Westminster Abbey

c. 1834-1835

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Today we visited the British Tate Museum. Our primary goal was to revisit Joseph Mallord William Turner, especially his later works. However, I couldn’t go there without seeing the John Singer Sargent painting of two girls lighting Chinese lanterns. In my humble opinion this is the most beautiful painting in London. Here’s a link to the museum page about it: Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose. Of course the Turners were excellent as we know. His later work showed expression and abstraction that other artists didn’t use for half a century.

Late in the afternoon we walked to Westminster Abbey for the Evensong Service. In May we missed it and attended one at Westminster Cathedral (Catholic). However, today being Sunday the Abbey is open for worship with no tourists taking snapshots. It was just us (and several hundred other folks), the choir, and the organ. What beautiful music! Some of the boys in the choir are as young as 6 years old. It was a great way to end the afternoon.

That was followed by dinner in a pub we visited in May and a ride home via the Tube and bus. Only ten more days until we return to Seattle!


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About Paul

I'm retired, but working at painting, photography, and song writing. We like to travel and paint plein air in new places. Of course that's also where photography comes into the picture, so to speak. Sometimes I get inspired to write songs about the people and places we visit.
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2 Responses to The Most Beautiful Painting in London and Evensong at Westminster Abbey

  1. Angie says:

    I love John Singer Sargent too. I think he’s underappreciated here in the states.

  2. Terry M says:

    Awesome works … it must have been amazing to see the originals. I can see the influence these paintings have on your works …

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