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King George VI (1895–1952) became a Freemason in 1919 and held a number of important positions within the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales. In 1937 he was awarded the honorary title of Past Grand Master. In this portrait he is wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, the highest chivalric order in the United Kingdom. George VI commissioned Sir Herbert James Gunn for this portrait in 1950, but it was not completed until 1957, five years after the King’s death.
oil on canvas
239 x 150 cm (E)
commissioned by George VI, 1950; completed and donated to the United Grand Lodge of England, 1957
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Freemasons' Hall 60 Great Queen Street, London, Greater London WC2B 5AZ EnglandView venue
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