Photograph shows Green, Oakley, and Smith seated, each holding a rose, while Cozens holds a watering can over their heads, pretending to water them. Identification on verso (handwritten): The red roses; Elizabeth Shippen Green, Violet Oakley, Jessie Willcox Smith, Henrietta Cozens; with Violet Oakley poster [in background] for first exhibition at the Plastic Club; taken at 1523 Chestnut Street, when they planned to move to "The Red Rose", Villanova.
As Violet travelled and studied throughout Amerca and Europe, she painted portraits and landscapes in an impressionistic style. In 1896 her father's illness forced her to concentrate on illustrations solely. The technique she developed as an illustrator grew into the mural style that made her famous.