Anecdote maçonnique [graphic] / dessiné par un Frere Maçon, temoin de la scêne = A Masonic anecdote / design'd by a Brother Mason, a witness of the scene.

Publish'd November 21st, 1786, for the proprietor by H. Humphrey, New Bond Street
[21 November 1786]
Physical Description:
1 print : etching with stipple on laid paper ; sheet 51.7 x 45.8 cm
Titles in English and French etched above image.
Printmaker from British Museum catalogue.
Captions in French and English etched under each title, respectively.
Thirty lines of verse in French below image on left, under the heading, "Abregè de l'histoire du Comte Arabe": Nè Dieu sait où, maintenu Dieu sait comme ...
Thirty lines of verse in English below image on right, under the heading, "Abstract of the Arabian Count's memoirs": Born God knows where, supported God knows how ...
Sheet trimmed within plate mark, and imprint statement mostly erased from sheet; imprint from British Museum catalogue.
Temporary local subject terms: Trades: hairdresser -- Hairdressers: Mr. Barker, King Street, Bloomsbury -- Opticians: Mr. Mash -- Interior of the Freemasons' Lodge of Antiquity -- Freemasons' symbols -- Furniture: dining table -- Upholstered chair -- Lighting: candlesticks -- Glass decanter -- Glass bottle -- Wine glasses -- Punch bowls.
Old Print Shop ; Mar. 1961 ; Acquisitions no.: 961-3-1-242.
Watermark: Russell & Co. 1797 on the right side of sheet; fleur-de-lis on the left side.
"A masonic feast: in the centre of the room on a platform is an empty armchair decorated with a masonic symbol. Below it and on the right is a table with punch-bowl, glasses, candles, &c, behind which are the English members of the Lodge, some seated, others standing. On the left sit the French members, the most prominent being Cagliostro; all wear masonic aprons. ... "--British Museum online catalogue.
Variant Titles:
Masonic anecdote
Associated Names:
Gillray, James, 1756-1815 [Printmaker]
Humphrey, Hannah, active 1774-1817 [Publisher]
Auchincloss, Hugh Dudley
Cagliostro, Alessandro, conte di, 1743-1795
Harvey, Francis
Riviere & Son
Etchings -- England -- London -- 1786
Satires (Visual works) -- England -- 1786
Watermarks (Paper)
Content Type:
Prints & Photographs
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Call Number:
Drawer 786.11.21.01
Orbis Record:
Yale Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Digital Collection:
Lewis Walpole Library
Local Record Number:
Digital version