The Early Artists of Grand Lodge

Reading Time: 8 minutes In 2017, The United Grand Lodge of England appointed an Artist in Residence, the South African artist Jacques Viljoen, 28, who has a background in both classical painting and contemporary art. There have been many artists who have graced the annals of Freemasonry.

John Pine – Engraver

Reading Time: < 1 minute From 1725 to 1741, annual engraved lists of Lodges were produced by John Pine. Each Lodge was distinguished by a miniature engraving of a sign appropriate to the Lodge, usually that of the tavern where the Lodge met, and details of the time and place of meeting.

John Pine – A remarkable 17th century engraver and Freemason

Reading Time: 8 minutes In 1748, the celebrated English artist and Francophobe, William Hogarth, surprisingly decided to take a holiday in France. His behaviour in France was appalling. He was ‘clamorously rude’ to everyone he met. Whenever anybody admired a view, Hogarth sourly remarked: ‘What then? It is but French! Their houses are all gilt and bullshit!’ Waiting in Calais for the boat home, Hogarth made sketches of some old fortifications, and was arrested as a spy.