19TH CENTURY MASONIC ENGRAVING - A LURAT and EDWARD G HESTER (Engravers) .
Title The Installation Of H.R.H. The Prince Of Wales K.G. As Most Worshipful Grand Master Of The United Grand Lodge Of Ancient Free And Accepted Masons Of England 28th April 1875
Publisher London: Printed and Published by McQueens, by Bro E J Harty, 213 Regent Street, Jan 1st 1878 . 0
Seller ID 38500
Very Rare Engraving Of Masonic Interest (94cm x 61cm / 38" x 24") : "The Installation Of H.R.H. The Prince Of Wales K.G. As Most Worshipful Grand Master Of The United Grand Lodge Of Ancient Free And Accepted Masons Of England 28th April 1875". Followed by: " This Engraving Is Dedicated By Special Permission To His Royal Highness By Bro. Edward James Harty PM 1201." It is Engraved by A. Lurat and Edward G. Hester, Printed by McQueens, and Published Jan 1st 1878 By Bro. E. J. Harty, 213 Regent Street. The engraving has been professionally re-framed (118cm x 86cm / 46" x 34") using archival standard materials, preserving the original brass presentation plaque (attached to the rear of the frame): "Presented to The Mitcham Masonic Lodge No 2384 By The Family Of The Late W. Bro J. M. Leather PM." The engraving has a few light brown spots, but is otherwise in very good condition. This installation ceremony was the largest congregation of Freemasons everheld. ** E. J. Harty was master of Eclectic Lodge 1201 in 1877. *** "Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, was initiated as a freemason in Stockholm by the King of Sweden in 1868. On the resignation in 1874 of the Marquess of Ripon as Grand Master following his conversion to Roman Catholicism, the Prince of Wales became Grand Master, serving until his accession to the throne. The Prince’s initiation encouraged some of his brothers to follow suit. Arthur, Duke of Connaught, was initiated by the Prince of Wales in 1874 while he was master of the Prince of Wales’s Lodge No. 259, and Leopold, Duke of Albany, became freemason in the same year in the Apollo University Lodge No. 357 at Oxford....The election of Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) as Grand Master in 1874 gave great impetus to Freemasonry. The Prince was a great supporter of and publicist for Freemasonry. He regularly appeared in public, both at home and on his tours abroad, as Grand Master laying the foundation stones of public buildings, bridges, dockyards and churches with Masonic ceremonial. His presence ensured publicity and reports of Masonic meetings at all levels appeared regularly in the national and local press. Freemasonry was constantly in the public eye and Freemasons were known in their local communities. From 637 in 1814 the Grand Lodge had grown to 2,850 lodges when the Prince resigned the Grand Mastership on becoming King in 1901..." - ugle: The History of the Grand Lodge