Tracing Board


Tracing Board


This striking tracing board features a three-dimensional rendition of King Solomon’s temple in a style inspired by the architecture found in ancient Greece and Rome. Although this work—like most tracing boards—is not signed, some scholars credit Boston ornamental painter John Ritto Penniman (1782-1841) with its creation. Penniman belonged to the fraternity, repeatedly advertised his interest in serving Masonic clients and undertook commissions for Masonic lodges.

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Special Acquisitions Fund, 89.76


ca. 1820


“Tracing Board,” Scottish Rite Masonic Museum & Library Online Exhibitions, accessed June 16, 2024,