July 2017: Middle Temple Gardens

To mark the occasion of the Middle Temple Garden Party on July 4th, this month we’re looking at archives relating to the gardens. The Middle Temple has kept a garden, in various forms, for centuries – indeed Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part I, refers to the ‘Temple Garden’ as the location for an argument between York and Lancaster, complete with the plucking of red and white roses, which led to the War of the Roses. While there is no documentary evidence to support this, the event has been depicted numerous times in art, including in this engraving, after a painting exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1871.