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The Bulls and Bears in the Market
Oil on linen
Artist/Maker:William Holbrook Beard
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a (apron): 23 1/8 x 16 1/8 x 1/8 in. (58.7 x 41 x 0.3 cm)b (sash): 4 1/8 x 70 1/4 x 1/8 in. (10.5 x 178.4 x 0.3 cm)
Gift of Goodhue Livingston, Jr.
This white silk Masonic apron belonged to Chancellor Livingston, who was an active member of the Freemasons. The iconography embroidered on the front symbolize the Masonic themes of truth, liberty and citizenship. The apron itself referenced the original garment of the stonemason, and thus was a badge of membership and honor within the fraternity. Aprons were commonly worn by lodge members during important ceremonies. Livingston may have worn his apron when executing his duties as Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of New York, where he was a member from 1784 to 1801.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
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