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This painting is a reproduction of a plate drawn by Giovanni Battista Cipriani and Paul Sandby and engraved by Francesco Bartolozzi and James Fittler printed as the frontispiece to the "Constitutions of the Antient Fraternity of Free and Accepted Masons containing their History, Charges, Regulations, &c.", by James Anderson. A new edition by John Noorthouk. J. Rouza, London: 1784. [plate drawn by G.B. Cipriani and P. Sandby,]
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The Genius of Freemasonry
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The centrepiece oil painting hanging in the Grand Lodge of British Columbia Museum, at 1495 West Eighth Avenue, Vancouver, was painted by Falco Columbarius in 2000.

Explanation of the Frontispiece.
The architectural part represents the inside of Free-masons' Hall. The uppermost figure is Truth, holding a mirror, which reflects its rays on divers ornaments of the Hall, and also on the Globes and other Masonic Furniture and Implements of the Lodge. Truth is attended by the three Theological Virtues, Faith, Hope and Charity: under these, the Genius of Masonry, commissioned by Truth and her Attendants, is descending into the Hall, bearing a lighted Torch; she is decorated with some of the Masonic Emblems, and on her arm hangs a ribbon with a Medal pendant, with which she is to invest the Grand Master, in token of the Divine approbation of a Building sacred to Charity and Benevolence.

Reprinted from an unnumbered page inserted after Abstract of the Laws and before Sanctionings in the 1784 reprint of the Constitutions.


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