Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22

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The George Washington Masonic Memorial
Photography by Arthur W. Pierson
The George Washington Masonic Memorial Located in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
The George Washington Masonic Memorial
Photography by Arthur W. Pierson
The George Washington Masonic Memorial Located in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
Anteroom
Photography by Arthur W. Pierson
Anteroom of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22
Replica Lodge Room
Photography by Arthur W. Pierson
The George Washington Replica Lodge Room in the George Washington Masonic Memorial which is now a museum room, used for a meeting once each year as explained below.
Bed Chamber Clock
Photography by Arthur W. Pierson
Bedchamber Clock of Geroge Washington, stopped at the time of his death.
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Photography by Arthur W. Pierson
George Washington
William Joseph Williams (1759-1823)
Pastel on paper, 1794
71.1 x 55.8 cm (28 x 22 in.)
Property of Alexandria-Washington Lodge No. 22
Ancient, Free, and Accepted Masons, Alexandria, Virginia

In July 1792 Washington turned down a request for a sitting from American artist William Joseph Williams, telling Governor Henry Lee of Virginia: "I am so heartily tired of the attendance which, from one cause or another, I have bestowed on these kind of people, that it is now more than two years since I have resolved to sit no more for any of them; and have adhered to it; except in instances where it has been requested by public bodies, or for a particular purpose (not of the painters) and could not, without offence, be refused. I have been led to make this resolution for another reason besides the irksomeness of sitting, and the time I loose by it, which is, that these productions have, in my estimation, been made use of as a sort of tax upon individuals, by being engraved, and that badly, and hawked, or advertised for Sale." Williams then offered to paint Washington's portrait for the Alexandria (Virginia) Masonic Lodge No. 22. Lodge officers wrote Washington in 1793 that it would be " a source of the most refined gratification the tracing out and contemplating the various ornaments of his character in the resemblance of his person." Williams's portrait shows Washington as a Virginia past master, with Masonic regalia and jewels. Williams's careful depiction includes a scar on Washington's left cheek, smallpox scars on his nose and cheeks, and a mole under his right ear.

As many of you may be aware, the Lodge approved a motion last year (1998) to allow the William Williams' portrait of Washington to be included in an exhibition (February 1999 to August 1999) by the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery commemorating the 200th anniversary of our Illustrious Bro. George Washington's death.

This exhibition is now concluded and the portrait has been returned to its normal place of prominence the Replica Lodge Room of the Memorial. The National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute continues to display the Website information about this exhibit and the information is located at:

The original pastel painting is the property of Alexandria -Washington Lodge and is currently on display in the Replica Lodge Room of the Memorial.