Augustus Frederick (1773–1843), Duke of Sussex, was Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales, from 1813 to 1843. During this time he introduced a number of rules and customs that are still part of Freemasonry today. In this portrait he is wearing the regalia of the Grand Master and he stands in front of the Grand Master’s throne. The throne is part of a suite of three that were originally made for George, Prince of Wales (later George IV), when he was Grand Master (1790–1813). The thrones and the Duke of Sussex’s regalia are now in the collections of the Library and Museum of Freemasonry. He is also wearing the Royal Medal, which he introduced when Master, or Ruler, of the Lodge of Antiquity No.2, in 1812. This medal was given to new members of the Lodge.
Where to see this painting?
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
60 Great Queen Street, London, Greater London, England, WC2B 5AZ
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.