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John Soane’s Masonic Apron

Museum number: X271

Curatorial note

Soane became a mason in 1813 and would have needed an apron from that point. SM Archives 7/6/48 is a Receipt dated 23 Sept 1816, three years later, from Thomas Harper of 207 Fleet Street for ‘A grand officers apron £1.16.0’..

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): the portrait shows him in his Grand Officer’s regalia (not this apron) 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.

Associated objects

P142, comparison

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