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Sir Sydney White (1885–1958) was the Grand Secretary, or Chief Executive, of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales, from 1937 to 1958. The initials that follow his name in the title of the painting are both civil and Masonic. The first set (KCVO) denotes his role as a Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order. The second set (PGW) denotes his additional position as Past Grand Warden at the United Grand Lodge of England.
oil on canvas
H 124 x W 101.5 cm
commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England, 1952
SIR SYDNEY WHITE, K.C.V.O., P.G.W. GRAND SECRETARY, 1937-1958 BY MAURICE CODNER.'