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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. Many of the Masonic ceremonies centre on the biblical story of King Solomon’s Temple, and so the central design here is of two Freemasons standing outside of this temple.
oil on canvas
83.5 x 43.5 cm
donated by Lodge No.262 (1807–1824), 1824
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Freemasons' Hall 60 Great Queen Street, London, Greater London WC2B 5AZ EnglandView venue
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