|02971. (Gilray) - A Masonic Anecdote 1786/1851 Print|
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.
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£450.00 / $711.00
|10300. Hogarth/Baldwin - Times of Day|
Hogarth, William. Set of the 4 copper plate prints 'The Times of Day first published March 25, 1738 in London. This edition issued by the publishers Baldwin, Cradock and Joy who purchased the Hogarth plates at the Boydell sale in 1818. Last large size folio edition printed from the ORIGINAL Hogarth copper plates. 400cm x 490cm. The best known of the Masonic prints by William Hogarth, who was a freemason. The illustrated print 'Night', the fourth print (see Item 01312.) depicts a chaotic scene in Rummer Court looking north to Charring Cross and the statue of King Charles I which appears at the end of the street. In the foreground is a drunken Freemason in his regalia (Sir Thomas de Veil the Bow Street Magistrate and a member of Hogarth's own Lodge) and the Tyler or doorkeeper of his Lodge (Montgomery, the Grand Tyler). Above them a hand empties a chamber pot out of a window onto their heads. In the background a fire in the middle of the street has upset the Salisbury Flyer Coach and two bandits in aprons(?) threaten its angry passengers. On the left a barber surgeon can be seen pulling the tooth of a distressed patient, a sign on the wall indicates The New Bagnio or house of ill-repute.
The prints in the series The Four Times of the Day only have this one with a Masonic content. The set of four Morning Noon Evening and Night represents the 'progress of a day'. It shows not only various times of the day but also the contrasts between the sexes, seasons of the year and the types and classes of persons inhabiting different parts of London.
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£1,250.00 / $1,975.00