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How to make a mason

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    1935,0522.8.76.b

  • Title (object)

    • How to make a mason
  • Description

    See BMSat 10332. A travesty of Free Masonry. A terrified man kneels with bared posteriors, his wrists tied to two columns of composite order. These are surmounted by balls and hung by masonic symbols, a level, and plumb-rule. His ankles are chained to rings in the floor. The master sits behind a little covered rostrum; his two wardens, wearing aprons, &c, are on each side of the victim. One (l.) is about to apply a branding-iron with the letters FM. (reversed). The other holds a staff. Other symbols engraved over the heads of the Masons are: sun (centre), square and compasses (l.), moon (r.). 2 January 1804
    Hand-coloured etching

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  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1804
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 197 millimetres (cropped)
    • Width: 222 millimetres (cropped)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered within image with English text spoken by the figures, from anti-clockwise: "Take special Care Brother Salamander that you place one Letter on each Cheek. I trust this solemn Ceremony will make a lasting Impression."; "Never fear The Right Worshipful! Practise has steadied may hand amazingly. Mr. Candidate, hold your Rump a little higher if you please. - it is but a mere Flea-bite"; and "You are now one of the Elect and are to have a Seat (where your Bottom is healed) among the disciples of St. John." Lettered below image with title and production details: "Giles Grinagain invt. et fect."; publication line cut off, supplied by George.
  • Curator's comments

    (Description and comment from M.Dorothy George, 'Catalogue of Political and Personal Satires in the British Museum', VIII, 1947)
    'Caricatures', viii. 76.

    (Supplementary information)
    As George suggests, this imprint is perhaps a reissue of a plate published by Howitt in 1801.

  • Bibliography

    • BM Satires 10340 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (Caricatures VIII p.76)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    1935

  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number

    1935,0522.8.76.b

See BMSat 10332. A travesty of Free Masonry. A terrified man kneels with bared posteriors, his wrists tied to two columns of composite order. These are surmounted by balls and hung by masonic symbols, a level, and plumb-rule. His ankles are chained to rings in the floor. The master sits behind a little covered rostrum; his two wardens, wearing aprons, &c, are on each side of the victim. One (l.) is about to apply a branding-iron with the letters FM. (reversed). The other holds a staff. Other symbols engraved over the heads of the Masons are: sun (centre), square and compasses (l.), moon (r.). The words of the three masons have not been transcribed. 2 January 1804  Hand-coloured etching

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See BMSat 10332. A travesty of Free Masonry. A terrified man kneels with bared posteriors, his wrists tied to two columns of composite order. These are surmounted by balls and hung by masonic symbols, a level, and plumb-rule. His ankles are chained to rings in the floor. The master sits behind a little covered rostrum; his two wardens, wearing aprons, &c, are on each side of the victim. One (l.) is about to apply a branding-iron with the letters FM. (reversed). The other holds a staff. Other symbols engraved over the heads of the Masons are: sun (centre), square and compasses (l.), moon (r.). The words of the three masons have not been transcribed. 2 January 1804 Hand-coloured etching

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