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    Sale 5437

    British Mezzotints and Printed Handkerchiefs from the Collection of the Honourable Christopher Lennox-Boyd

    12 March 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 132

    Richard Earlom (1743-1822)

    The Honourable Mrs Aldworth, wearing masonic emblems, resting finger of left hand on an open Bible

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    Richard Earlom (1743-1822)
    The Honourable Mrs Aldworth, wearing masonic emblems, resting finger of left hand on an open Bible
    mezzotint on laid paper, proof before all letters, good impression with margins, published by S.Cox, Cork, 1811
    unframed
    P. 16 5/8 x 12 11/16in. (42.3 x 32.2cm.)


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    Elizabeth Aldworth, née St Leger, the daughter of Lord Doneraile of Doneraile Court, Co. Cork, was the first and only woman to have been made a Freemason. This occurred when she mistakenly witnessed the initiation of a gentleman into the first steps of Masonry, being performed by her father and brothers. On being discovered by the butler it was decided that the only course of action for them to take would be to pass her through the same ceremonies which she had already in part witnessed

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