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The president of the order sits under a canopy, wearing a crown crested with white feathers on his head and a pink robe lined with white fur around his shoulders. In his right hand he holds a scroll inscribed ‘Law’. On the left of him is a candelabrum inscribed ‘Hope and Charity’, on the right another inscribed ‘Justice Honour & Secrecy’. The name of the order is inscribed along the front of the canopy. On the left, a man with his arm in a sling presents a document (presumably a request for compensation) marked ‘Declaration’, and on the right an officer of the order offers some gold coins. Both the officer and the president (but not the claimant) wear aprons similar to those worn by Freemasons, and other quasi-masonic motifs are also visible.
Members of a Friendly Society Compensating One of Its Members for Ill Health
watercolour, pen & ink on paper (?)
H 30 x W 41 cm
purchased by the Wellcome Library from A. J. Stirling, 1998