|02971. (Gilray) - A Masonic Anecdote 1786/1851|
Gilray, James (attributed) A Masonic Anecdote - Anecdote Maconique November 21, 1786 2nd edition published by H G Bohne 1851 from the original copper plate. Original published by Humphrey. The print's attribution to James Gilray (1757-1815) is suspect. Characteristic Gilray style with dual French and English text states 'Designed by a Brother Mason a Witness to the Scene' Gilray was not a freemason. The print records Cagliostro's visit to the Lodge of Antiquity No 1 in London on 1st November 1786. Cagliostro and four colleagues from the Loge l'Espereance No. 369 are seated together whilst Bro Richard Marsh MP exposes them as charlatans. The W M, Bro Barker is seated at the table and the Chevalier Ruspini can be seen in the background. The text, in rhyme, explains and describes how they were expelled in disgrace from the Lodge. Late colour professionally executed. Print in excellent pristine condition on thick paper as per the Bohne edition printed on both sides. Large size 540mm x 620mm.
NOTE: COUNT CAGLIOSTRO (1743-1795), whose real name was Joseph Balsamo, the Italian freemason, died disgraced in Prison. He has been designated the greatest Masonic charlatan of all time. He was imprisoned by the Inquisition for criminal acts associated to his Masonic activities. He nominated himself the Grand Kophte of the Egyptian Rite and invented numerous degrees, up to 96 for the Rite of Memphis, charging a fee for each degree. He also involved his wife in quasi-Masonic activities. He died in Prison in San Leone, Italy in 1795.
£450.00 / $697.50