Wednesday, March 26, 2014

George (1737–1788), 4th Duke of Manchester by Louis William Desanges Date painted: 1885 Oil on canvas, 254 x 152.5 cm Collection: The Library and Museum of Freemasonry George (1737–1788), 4th Duke of Manchester, was Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of England, one of two governing bodies of Freemasonry in England in the eighteenth and early nineteenth century, from 1777 to 1782. In this portrait he is wearing the robes and holding the white wand of a lord chamberlain, an office he held from 1782 to 1783. The portrait is a replacement of an original that was destroyed in a fire at Freemasons’ Hall, London in 1883. The original was completed by Matthew William Peters, who in 1785, and at the suggestion of the Duke of Manchester, was appointed Grand Portrait Painter, a position created especially for him. He remains the only person ever to have held it. Desanges was a French artist who lived in London from 1845. He is generally remembered today for his portraits of Victoria Cross winners and other military paintings. Close Where to see this painting? The Library and Museum of Freemasonry Not all paintings are on display. If you want to see a particular painting, please contact the collection

George (1737–1788), 4th Duke of Manchester