Sir Ernest Cooper (1877–1962) served as the President of the Board of General Purposes of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales, from 1946 to 1959. The initials that follow his name in the title (PGW) denote his additional role as Past Grand Warden. As well as being a leading industrialist, he served as adviser to the Government in Northern Ireland during the Second World War and was knighted in 1944. The portrait was commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England in 1960 to mark his time as President and is one of a series of portraits of past presidents of the Board of General Purposes.
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commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England, 1960