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This painting depicts the 'Plucking of the Red and White Roses in the Old Temple Gardens'. It was an event that supposedly happened in the mid-fifteenth century but in all likelihood was produced by Tudor propagandists and popularised by Shakespeare. The uncertain historical basis of the scene was acknowledged by commentators in the late 1900s, but the reason for its inclusion becomes clear in regard to the symbolism which Tudor propagandists attributed to it.
oil on canvas
H 205.7 x W 210.8 cm