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Model for the Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street, London, lantern light, designed by Sir John Soane
Plaster with painted and stained glass
Museum number: DR1
The Freemasons’ Hall was built by Soane in 1828-31. This was demolished in 1863. Soane knew the Duke of Sussex, Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge and became a Mason in 1813, being appointed Grand Superintendent of Works in the same year. He had read works by many advanced French Enlightenment thinkers, some of whom were Masons, and came to appreciate the Masonic love of ceremony and fraternal affection. There are tiny rosettes and the signs of the zodiac on the glass panes – exact replicas in miniature of the stained glass manufactured by William Collins for the Hall.
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