Gloire de Dijon Rose. Maud Naftel (1856-1890). Watercolour illustration, 1886. Source Naftel, Plate IV. In case the reader thinks that these are just yellow roses with green leaves, Naftel details some of the different colours involved in both, including the latter: "There is a great difference in colour between the upper and under sides of the leaves, which must be carefully observed; the warm greyish-green of the latter is composed of emerald green and yellow ochre, sometimes cobalt and yellow ochre, and where there is a tendency to pink, rose madder and emerald green. The background may be indigo, light red, and raw sienna; or raw umber, indigo, and light red; and the foreground cobalt, light red, and yellow ochre" (29). John Ruskin, with his emphasis on seeing, would have approved.

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Naftel, Maud. Flowers and how to paint them. London: Cassell, 1886; new ed. 1906. Internet Archive. Contributed by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Web. 12 March 2022.

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