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Masonic Emblematic Picture "Zerubbable's Vision"
ca. 1870
Maker not marked
USA: New Hampshire (Probably)
Oil on canvas
frame: 18-1/4"h x 25-1/4"w x 1-1/2"d; stretcher: 15-7/8"h x 22-1/4"w x 1"d
Special Acquisitions Fund

Landscape scene. A robed figure (Zerubbabel) stands in pensive attitude among the ruins of a Biblical temple, amidst a litter of stonemasons tools, focusing on an ethereal vision of a new temple atop a distant hill.

Thought to have once been a wall decoration in a Jaffrey, New Hampshire, Masonic lodge, this painting shows a scene related to Zerubbabel’s vision of Solomon’s Temple. This story forms part of Royal Arch and Scottish Rite degrees. The unknown artist who painted this work likely based it on a colored lithograph produced by a Masonic publisher in 1867.