Grand Lodge Officer Exposes Masonic Signs for 300th Anniversary of UGLE

Discussion in 'History and Research' started by Brother Hogarth, Aug 28, 2017.

  1. Brother Hogarth

    Brother Hogarth Registered User

    Don’t worry Brethren, this was all done in paintings from the 1700s! William Hogarth, Grand Lodge Steward (1735) concealed the following in his popular prints:

    - signs, passwords and ‘knocks’ of the EA, FC, MM, and Mark Master

    - Grand Hailing Sign and Five Points of Fellowship

    - riddles that hint at Grand Masonic Word

    - Royal Arch sign and ‘Ineffable Word’

    - First depiction of the letter ‘G”, Square and Compass, 'Labor to Refreshment', and much more!!

    I have a few examples of these illustrations at where you can download a whole pdf of the entire book. The Grand Lodges of MA, PA and ME all have copies in their libraries if you reside in those jurisdictions.

    With 300 illustrations, this colorful book is being published to coincide with the Tercentenary of the Grand Lodge of England.


    Brother Hogarth
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  2. Warrior1256

    Warrior1256 Site Benefactor

    Very interesting, am going to check out these prints on line.
  3. Brother Hogarth

    Brother Hogarth Registered User

    It would be interesting to look at a harlots progress (wiki) and see if you can see any of the signs before you see what I can point out. There is a sign in every scene of the Rakes progress also.
    Happy hunting Warrior!
    Then get back to me!
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  4. CLewey44

    CLewey44 Registered User

    I get the intrigue in it and being historical etc but pointing these things out for just anyone seems a bit contrary to some obligations "we" took. I know, it's already all over the internet but it doesn't give a green light to be careless with those sort of things...just my opinion.
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  5. Brother Hogarth

    Brother Hogarth Registered User

    Brother Clint
    I take your opinion seriously. To be honest I was so very careful when describing the signs. I do feel some confidence in the fact that the Supreme council had published Alyns expose in full in a recent publication. I simply compared the illustrations of the signs to the prints by Hogarth made in 1730s. The match up perfectly and I can then use this to show how Hogarth was commissioned by the Grand Lodge to help them repell a Jacobite form of Freemasonry that was being used to attempt to dethrone George II, in a French led invasion.
    This is an important time in History, and the Grand Lodge is very much involved in the battle.
    I hope you go to the website and read more. I would like to hear your opinion again.
    Jeremy John Bell

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