PORTRAITS OF GRAND MASTERS AND OTHER PROMINENT MASONS
Beginning in 1854, the Grand Lodge began assembling portraits of its Grand Masters, as well as depictions of other prominent Masons from Massachusetts. The first committee reported on June 14, 1854 (Page V-513). "In the opinion of your committee, the proper place, most certainly, for the portraits of our Past Grand Masters is the East of that Grand Lodge, which, when they were still with us, their presence and their labors, so much adorned." The full-length portrait of George Washington, donated by Bro. Samuel Parkman, should be placed where "the latest and youngest made entered apprentice might the more be led to realize, and try to follow the almost perfect faithfulness of its unequalled original."
By vote of the Grand Lodge, a committee was appointed "to procure so far as may be found practicable, Portraits of the Past Grand Masters of this Grand Lodge." In December, 1854, the committee reported that they had secured portraits of Bartlett, Abbot, Russell, Peabody, Dean, Revere (a gift of his son James W. Revere), and Robinson, along with a bust of John Warren, provided by his son Dr. John Warren, and a bust of Robert Burns, a gift of Bro. George H. Child. At the Feast of St. John, 1854, newly-elected Grand Master Lewis presented the portrait of the recently retired Grand Master, George M. Randall.
The committee made its final report in December 1855, and reported the additional portraits of John Warren, Cutler, Soley, Jenkins, Thomas, Oliver, Fay, Dixwell, Flint, and Raymond, leaving only Bigelow and Crane absent. The committee also reported the acquisition of a portrait of Bro. Robert Shaw, the Brother who purchased the Temple in 1835, and of Rt. Wor. John B. Hammatt, a distinguished permanent member of Grand Lodge, who had served as Deputy Grand Master and in each of the Grand Wardens' seats. A number of these portraits were destroyed in the 1864 Winthrop House fire.
It was observed in June 1897) that the inventory of portraits of Past Grand Masters was complete other than [http://masonicgenealogy.com/MediaWiki/index.php?title=GMCrane Crane, for whom no likeness exists. (This statement might have been incorrect at the time).
A summary of portraits also appears in the Proceedings beginning on Page 1914-160.
PORTRAITS OF GRAND MASTERS OF ST. JOHN'S GRAND LODGE
|Price, Henry||1733-36, 1754-55, 1767-68||A portrait of Price painted in 1737 was restored by Howarth and presented to Grand Lodge in 1856 ¶ but a copy made for Henry Price Lodge was used to create the new portrait presented in June 1914 (Page 1914-172).|
|Tomlinson, Robert||1737-43||Some portrait existed before 1897|
|Oxnard, Thomas||1743-54||Some portrait existed before 1897|
|Rowe, John||1768-87||Some portrait existed before 1897|
PORTRAITS OF GRAND MASTERS OF MASSACHUSETTS GRAND LODGE
|Warren, Joseph||1769-75||Portrait from the original (presented to Grand Lodge in 1854 ¶), by Copley ★ A copy of the original by Copley was presented in 1902 (Page 1902-132).|
|Webb, Joseph||1777-83, 1784-86||A copy of the original by Copley was presented in 1902|
|Warren, John A.||1783-84, 1787||Portrait by Carpenter from the original by Peale; presented to Grand Lodge December 13, 1882 (Page 1882-282) to replace one presented in 1855 ¶. ★|
|Hays, Moses Michael||1788-92||Portrait presented March 13, 1883 by The Massachusetts Lodge.|
PORTRAITS OF GRAND MASTERS OF THE UNITED GRAND LODGE
|Cutler, John||1792-94||Portrait presented in 1855 (¶) A replacement photographic portrait was furnished by his grandson, Gen. Francis Henry Appleton, in September 1914 (Page 1914-235).|
|Revere, Paul||1795-97||Portrait from the original, by Stuart; presented to Grand Lodge in 1872 by John Revere,|
to replace an original presented to Grand Lodge in 1854
and destroyed in the Winthrop House Fire ★.
|Bartlett, Josiah||1798-99; 1811||Portrait presented March 13, 1883, painted by Carpenter from an original by Gilbert Stuart (Page 1883-19), to replace one presented in 1854 ¶.|
|Dunn, Samuel||1800-02||Presented to Grand Lodge in 1854; the property of St. John's, Boston. ¶ A replacement portrait was furnished in 1915 (see Page 1915-334.)|
|Thomas, Isaiah||1803-05, 1809||Portrait from the original, by Stuart; presented to Grand Lodge in 1875 to replace one presented in 1855 ¶. ★|
|Bigelow, Timothy||1806-08, 1811-13||Portrait from a miniature, by Bro. Edgar Parker; presented to Grand Lodge in 1877 (Page 1877-160). ★|
|Russell, Benjamin||1814-16||Portrait presented in 1854 (¶?).|
|Oliver, Francis J.||1817-19||An oval portrait was furnished in 1915 (see Page 1915-336) to replace one presented to Grand Lodge in 1855 ¶.|
|Fay, Samuel P.P.||1820||Portrait by Mason, presented to Grand Lodge in 1872 to replace one presented to Grand Lodge in 1855 ¶. ★|
|Dixwell, John||1821-23||Portrait by Vinton, presented to Grand Lodge in 1874 to replace one presented to Grand Lodge in 1855 ¶. ★|
|Abbot, John||1824-26; 1834||Portrait by Bicknell, presented to Grand Lodge in 1874. ★ (Replaced an 1854 portrait ¶)|
|Soley, John||1827-29||Portrait presented 06/12/1895 (Page 1895-135), to replace the one presented to Grand Lodge in 1855 ¶.|
|Jenkins, Joseph||1830-32||to replace one presented to Grand Lodge in 1855 ¶.|
|Flint, Joshua B.||1835-37||Portrait presented in 1872 (see Page 1878-57) by Billings, from a photograph; property of Columbian Lodge. Replaced a portrait presented in 1855 ¶. ★|
|Dean, Paul||1838-40||Portrait presented in 1854 ¶ ?.|
|Butler, Caleb||1841-42||Presented 12/10/1902 (Page 1902-175); another portrait was presented 09/13/1911 (1911-132)|
|Peabody, Augustus||1843-45||Portrait presented in 1854 ¶. A replacement portrait was furnished in 1915 (see Page 1915-339.)|
|Robinson, Simon W.||1846-48||Portrait by Young, presented to Grand Lodge in December 1874 to replace one presented in 1854. ★|
|Raymond, Edward A.||1849-51||Portrait by Onthank, presented to Grand Lodge in June 1873 to replace one presented in 1855 ¶. ★|
|Randall, George M.||1852-54||Portrait presented in 1854 ¶?. A portrait by Kay, reproduced from a photograph, was presented December 1897.|
|Lewis, Winslow||1855-56, 1860||Portrait by Billings, presented to Grand Lodge by Rt. Wor. Bro. Lewis in 1870. ★|
|Heard, John T.||1857-59||Portrait by Billings, presented to Grand Lodge by Rt. Wor. Bro. Heard in 1870. ★|
|Coolidge, William T.||1861-62||Portrait by Billings, property of Columbian Lodge, presented December 1883. ★|
|Parkman, William||1863-65||Portrait by Hartwell, presented to Grand Lodge in 1870 by Lodge of St. Andrew. ★|
|Dame, Charles C.||1866-68||Portrait by Billings, presented to Grand Lodge in 1871 by Revere Lodge. ★|
|Gardner, William S.||1869-71||Portrait by Lawson, presented to Grand Lodge in September 1874 by the lodges in Lowell. ★|
|Nickerson, Sereno D.||1872-74||Portrait by Young, presented to Grand Lodge in 1874 by Winslow Lewis Lodge. ★|
|Everett, Percival L.||1875-77||Portrait by Parker, presented to Grand Lodge in June 1882. ★|
|Welch, Charles A.||1878-80||Portrait by Parker, presented to Grand Lodge in June 1882. ★|
|Lawrence, Samuel Crocker||1881-83||Portrait by Young, presented to Grand Lodge by Grand Master Lawrence in September 1884 (Page 1884-120).|
|Howland, Abraham H., Jr.||1884-86||Portrait by Parker, presented to Grand Lodge in June 1888 by the family of Grand Master Howland (Page 1888-70).|
|Endicott, Henry||1887-89||Portrait by Strain, presented to Grand Lodge in June 1890 by Grand Master Endicott (Page 1890-60).|
|Wells, Samuel||1890-92||Copy of portrait by Vinton, presented to Grand Lodge in December 1892 by Grand Master Wells.|
|Briggs, Richard||1893||Portrait by Strain from a photograph, presented to Grand Lodge by the family of Grand Master Briggs, June 1904 (Psge 1904-67).|
|Weld, Otis E.||1894||Portrait by Churchill presented to Grand Lodge in March 1896 by Weld (Page 1896-19).|
|Holmes, Edwin B.||1895-96||Portrait by Young, presented to Grand Lodge in June 1897 by Grand Master Holmes (Page 1897-102).|
|Hutchinson, Charles C.||1897-99||Portrait by Young, presented to Grand Lodge in December 1899 by Grand Master Hutchinson.|
|Gallagher, Charles T.||1900-02||Portrait by Strain, presented to Grand Lodge in December 1902 by Grand Master Gallagher.|
|Sanford, Baalis||1903-05||Portrait by Strain, presented to Grand Lodge in December 1905 by Grand Master Sanford.|
|Blake, John Albert||1906-08||Portrait by Young, presented to Grand Lodge in December 1908 by friends of Grand Master Blake.|
|Flanders, Dana J.||1909-11||Portrait by Strain, presented to Grand Lodge in December 1911 by friends of Grand Master Flanders.|
|Benton, Everett C.||1912-13||XXXX|
|Johnson, Melvin M.||1914-16||XXXX|
★ = Listed in the 1882 Proceedings inventory.
¶ = Lost in the Winthrop House Fire.
¶? = May have survived the Winthrop House Fire.