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Masonic Tracing Board
ca. 1820
Unidentified
USA: Massachusetts
oil on canvas
overall: 65 x 40 1/2 in.; 165.1 x 102.87 cm
Special Acquisitions Fund
89.76

Masonic tracing board showing a view of King Solomon's Temple in neoclassical style. The two pillars, Jachin and Boaz, stand in the foreground courtyard accompanied by an array of symbols including the beehive of industry, rough and smooth ashlars, a mallet and chisel, a lewis (lifting ring) for raising blocks of stone, an hourglass containing the sands of time, a 24-inch marking gauge to measure work, a trowel to spread the cement of brotherly love, and a slate board upon which the Grand Master draws his plans. In the center, a Bible is surrounded by the three "lights" of Masonry accompanied by a square, plumb and level that allude to the three principal officers of the lodge. The seal of the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts is shown on the building's pediment. Statues of the allegorical figures of Faith, Hope and Charity adorn the vestibule roof. Primarily painted in shades of blue, pink, gold and white.


This tracing board, which was created as a well-designed architectural composition in perspective, was reportedly removed from King Solomon's Lodge located in Charlestown, Massachusets.