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John Soane’s Masonic Apron
Museum number: X271
This apron is the one that Soane must have acquired on becoming a mason and the receipt for the purchase of it from Thomas Harper is in the Museum's archive. Once Soane had joined the Freemasons he was rapidly appointed as their Grand Superintendent of Works. Years later, in 1828, he was painted in that role by John Jackson (SM P142): however, the portrait shows him in his Grand Officer’s regalia which was borrowed from the Lodge so that Jackson could copy it - there is a letter in the archive reminding him to send it back.
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