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First Degree Tracing Board

Photo credit: The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

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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 wood, although they can also be painted or drawn on 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.

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry


  • Date


  • Medium

    oil on wood

  • Measurements

    51.5 x 34.5 cm

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  • Acquisition method

    on loan from the Bank of England Lodge No.263


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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry

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