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Blank Masonic register
1890, about
Freemasons.
USA
gouache, pen, pencil on textured paper
24" x 18"; 46 x 62 cm.; 1 item (1 page)
Museum purchase
A92/076/001

An unissued or blank Masonic register created for a Master Mason. The register is hand-drawn and colored in gouache. The register is adorned by Masonic symbols including the all-seeing eye of God; two lambs representing innocence; a mother angel and her children, representing the Masonic virtue of Charity, and the capital letter “G,” which represents God or Geometry.


Signed and Sealed: Masonic Certificates, corridor, part two, August 2017 Masonic Register and Symbolical History, 1890 Museum Purchase, A92/076/001 Unlike other Masonic registers displayed nearby, this watercolor and pencil image is a draft of a design for, or a copy of, another register. With it, an artist may have sought to articulate his design for a register or, perhaps, the artist sought to make a hand-painted Masonic register for a friend or relation. Intriguingly, though this register was never filled in, stains on the edges of the document suggest it was once framed and displayed.