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Masonic Frame Containing a Portrait of George Washington
ca. 1856
Maker not marked
Engraving on paper, walnut, glass
overall: 28 x 24 1/2 x 1 1/2 in.; 71.12 x 62.23 x 3.81 cm
Gift of Armen Amerigian

Engraving of George Washington's bust in spandrel; Washington (1732-1799) wears white ruffled shirt with black coat; oval frame inlaid with square and compasses with "G", level, heart, trowel and other working tools, Bible on bottom; sawtooth design inlaid on border.

Many Masons have long admired George Washington (1732-1799), the first President of the United States and a Mason. His portrait is found in lodges across the country. A skilled craftsman created this frame for a print of Washington, likely for display in a lodge. Along with Masonic symbols, the maker cleverly used different colors of wood to create the illusion of a three-dimensional pattern around the frame.