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Masonic Lord's Prayer
ca. 1800
C. R. Warren
USA
Watercolor and ink on paper
mat: 14-1/4"h x 19-1/4"w; sheet: 6"hx 8"w
Special Acquisitions Fund
84.75

Masonic Lord's Prayer drawing; shows house, lighthouse, ships, eagle, building on top; reads "Commerce / Agriculture"; in center, a red heart containing the Lord's Prayer, surrounded by "Is yours a Bacon or a Locke to blame / A Newton's genius of a military flame / He hears his numerous herds low o'er the plain / The neighboring hills low back to them again"; two yellow arches containing "Liberty, Justice, Peace / By the unanimous order of the convention / G Washington / W Johnson, Sec. Sept. 17, 1787 / Love, Honor, Virtue, For the Virtuous / flower vines; bottom has square and compasses, two circles, entwined diamonds reading "...fleeting visions...our...Till death...And...souls peace / Till then / let peace enshroud thee with her wings / And love in whispers...round the heart / Let innocence attend they every style And guardian angels keep... / United we stand, Divided we fall / C.R. Warren"; in red, yellow, blue.


Religion, politics and Freemasonry were on the mind of C. R. Warren, the artist who drew and penned this work. On it he or she included images to illustrate commerce—ships and a lighthouse at the top left, and agriculture—buildings and fences at the top right, along with the Lord’s Prayer, portions of a poem by Alexander Pope (1688-1744) and, at the center, a square and compasses, an emblem of Freemasonry.



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