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James W. Daniel (b.1941), Grand Secretary (1998–2002)

© the artist. Photo credit: Museum of Freemasonry

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James Daniel (b.1941) was the Grand Secretary, or Chief Executive, of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales, from 1998 to 2002. This portrait was commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England and is one of a series of portraits of past grand secretaries. The sitter and the artist are both based in Cornwall, and it is this shared link which, in part, explains the reason Hold was chosen for the commission. In the painting James Daniel is shown seated next to the collar worn by the Grand Secretary, whose emblem is a pair of crossed quills.

Museum of Freemasonry





oil on board


H 120 x W 108.5 cm

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commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England, 2002

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