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Masonic Heritage Rekindled: Boitard’s Masterpiece Adorns Latest Edition of The Constitutions

Renowned Masonic Artwork by Louis-Phillippe Boitard Celebrated in New Edition of The Constitutions.

In a nod to the rich visual tapestry of Masonic history, the celebrated frontispiece crafted by Louis-Phillippe Boitard and Benjamin Cole for the 1756 and 1767 Constitutions is set to take center stage once again.

This intricately designed masterpiece, capturing the essence of Freemasonry, has been chosen to grace the latest edition of The Constitutions, published by W. Johnson of Ludgate Street.

The frontispiece, a collaboration between the accomplished artist Boitard and the skilled engraver Cole, offers a captivating tableau.

A regal female figure, bedecked with the coat of arms of the Premier Grand Lodge, presides over a throne, surrounded by Masonic symbolism—an array of tools and a distinctive pavement at her feet.

The backdrop unfolds into the iconic City of London, featuring landmarks like St Paul's, Wren's churches, and the Monument, evoking the transformative era of the Great Fire.

Boitard, a prominent figure in the artistic and Masonic spheres, left an indelible mark on Masonic visual history.

His collaboration with Cole, an engraver from a lineage devoted to the craft, resulted in a visual narrative that resonated with the essence of Freemasonry.

Both actively engaged in the Masonic community, their artistic endeavors reflected a commitment to the craft.

The 1756 Constitutions, a collaboration between publisher John Scott and editor Reverend John Entick, showcased Boitard's and Cole's talents in a frontispiece that stood the test of time.

Boitard's patriotic undertones, evident in the Britannia-inspired female figure, underscored a deep connection with the emerging British national identity.

The renewed use of the frontispiece in a new edition of The Constitutions, eleven years after its initial appearance, pays homage to its enduring impact.

Boitard's legacy extends beyond this masterpiece.

His involvement in anti-Catholic sentiment and membership in the Antigallican Society reflected a broader cultural context, contributing to a form of patriotism that resonates even today.

As this iconic frontispiece graces the pages of the latest edition, it serves as a visual testament to the enduring spirit of Freemasonry and its historical significance.


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