The Legacy of John Pine

As the first official engraver to Grand Lodge, John Pine established a tradition of high-quality engraving and decoration in masonic documents and publications which has continued to the present day. This is his engraving of the frontispiece to the first Book of Constitutions published under the authority of Grand Lodge in 1723.

The current exhibition in the Library and Museum features well-known artists from the later eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries who produced masonic works. Like Pine, all these artists were skilful engravers, and the prominence of engraving in masonic art is another reflection of Pine’s influence.

More details of the artists are given in this guide (PDF opens in a new window).

Engraving