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Sir Kenneth G. Newton (1918–2008), Bt, OBE, TD, PSGW, President of the Board of General Purposes (1986–1991)

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Sir Kenneth Garnar Newton (1918–2008) served as the President of the Board of General Purposes of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales, from 1986 to 1991. A number of initials follow his name in the title of the painting. ‘Bt’ refers to his title 'Baronet of Beckenham', which was first created for his grandfather. He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1970, and the initials ‘TD’ stand for 'Territorial Decoration', recognising his long service in Territorial Army. The final set (PSGW) denotes his additional role as Past Senior Grand Warden at the United Grand Lodge of England. The portrait was commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England in 1995 to mark his time as president and is one of a series of portraits of past presidents of the Board of General Purposes.

Museum of Freemasonry



Sir Kenneth G. Newton (1918–2008), Bt, OBE, TD, PSGW, President of the Board of General Purposes (1986–1991)




oil on canvas


H 114 x W 100 cm

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commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England, 1995

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Inscription description

R. W. BRO. Sir Kenneth G. Newton. Bt. O.B.E., T.D., P.S.G.W. President Board of General Purposes. 1986-1991'


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