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William Stuart (1798–1874), Grand Master of the Knights Templar (1861–1872)

Photo credit: Mark Masons' Hall

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Stuart was the son of another William Stuart, an Irish Archbishop. The family resided at Aldenham Abbey, a country estate near Watford. As well as his Masonic endeavours he was an MP for Bedfordshire. His son, also William, would follow him into the Craft and likewise become a Provincial Grand Master, this time for Bedfordshire.

The portrait is based on an 1866 carte-de-visite photograph by Miss Rosenthal (active 1864–1871), who was either the wife or daughter of the artist.

Mark Masons' Hall





oil on canvas


H 122 x W 98 cm

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Lower right: S. Rosenthal / 1866

Mark Masons' Hall

86 St James's Street, London, Greater London SW1A 1PL England

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