Painted Ambitions

The Masonic Murals in the Elisha Gilbert House

  • Margaret Goehring New Mexico State University
Keywords: Freemasonry, American folk art, wall painting, masonic iconography, masonic symbolism, early American masonic prints;

Abstract

This article investigates the masonic murals in the Elisha Gilbert House in New Lebanon, NY, looking into the circumstances of their creation, and their relationship to the role that freemasonry played in the region. The murals are found to be similar to those in the Calvin Hall Tavern in Cheshire, MA, and posits dating and a potential artist for both cycles, and investigates their relationship to the standardization of early American printed masonic iconography.

Author Biography

Margaret Goehring, New Mexico State University

Margaret Goehring is Associate Professor of Art History, Department of Art, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces.

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Published
2018-07-03
How to Cite
Goehring, M. (2018). Painted Ambitions. Journal for Research into Freemasonry and Fraternalism, 6(2), 148-195. https://doi.org/10.1558/jrff.27087
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