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Tracing boards are used by Freemasons in their lodge meetings as visual aids in their ceremonies, and there is usually a tracing board for each of the three ceremonies. This example is painted on canvas, although they can also be painted or drawn on wood, cloth or paper, or made out of stone. The three columns are the classical orders of architecture: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian, which represent the Master, or Ruler, of the lodge and his two deputies, or wardens.
oil on canvas on board
109.5 x 74 cm
on loan from the Royal Naval Lodge No.59