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Washington as a Freemason
1870
Strobridge and Co.; J. H. Powers & Co.
USA: Ohio, Cincinnati
Chromolithograph on paper
overall: 24"h x 19-1/4"w
Special Acquisitions Fund
78.74.18

Washington as a Freemason chromolithograph; scene shows George Washington as Master, wearing Masonic apron, standing beneath arch; motifs include portraits of Lafayette, "An Order Whose Leading Star is Philanthropy," Jackson, "Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Tennessee," Biblical and Masonic scenes; arch reads "WASHINGTON AS A FREEMASON"; under central design reads "Commander of the American Army, 1775, President of the United States 1789 / Initiated November 4th 1752 in Fredricksburg Lodge No. 4 Virginia, Passed March 3rd 1753 Raised August 4th 1753"; on plinth, "Awake not his slumbers tread lightly around / Tis the Grave of a Freeman, tis Liberty's mound. / Thy Name is immortal, our freedom you won / Brave Sire of Columbia, our own Washington...Let him rest undistrubed on Potomac's fair shore / On the rivers green border, so flowerly drest / With the hearts he loved fondly, let Washington rest." Bottom reads "J.H. Powers & Co., Fraternity Publishers, Cinn. Ohio / Entered according to act of Congress by Strobridge & Co. in the year 1870, in the clerk's office of the U.S. district court of the southern district of Ohio. / Strobridge & Co. Lith. Cinncinnati, Ohio."



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