Mark Masons' Hall is the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Mark Master Masons. One of the more interesting aspects of many of the pictures is that the subjects are wearing Masonic regalia. Many visitors may not even realise that the personalities concerned were even Freemasons!
Pictures are displayed throughout the building. A full-length portrait of HRH Prince Michael of Kent, Grand Master since 1982, by Howard J. Morgan hangs at the foot of the stairs on the ground floor. The Grand Temple contains two paintings by James Lonsdale: 'William IV, when Duke of Clarence' painted in 1830, and 'Frederick, HRH The Duke of York and Albany' painted in 1827. Also on display there is 'Edward VII, when Prince of Wales' painted by Harry Allan in 1904.
Most of the paintings on display have been the gift of grateful lodges or provinces, and provide an interesting insight that gives a different perspective on a number of individuals who have played a prominent part not only within Freemasonry but also their local communities at both local and national level.
The building is not open to the general public. For access to view the paintings, all of which are on display, please contact the Collection on 020 7747 1181.