Notelet set featuring Anemones and Daffodils, 1884, by Henry Roderick Newman from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
New York–born Henry Roderick Newman (1843–1918) was influenced early on by the writings of John Ruskin and the painting styles of the English Pre-Raphaelites. In the 1860s he was a member of a short-lived association of like-minded American artists that published a journal, The New Path, to explain and defend their acceptance of the Pre-Raphaelite “truth to nature” philosophy. Newman’s Anemones and Daffodils is an apt example of the careful depiction of nature espoused by the group. The artist spent the last half of his life living in Florence, Italy, where he specialized in paintings of Italian architecture.