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Right Honourable Edward William Spencer (1895–1950), 10th Duke of Devonshire

© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Museum of Freemasonry

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Edward (1895–1950), 10th Duke of Devonshire, was Grand Master of the United Grand Lodge of England, the governing body of Freemasonry in England and Wales, from 1947 to 1950. In this portrait he is wearing the robes of the Order of the Garter, the highest chivalric order in the United Kingdom. He is standing in the library at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire, the country seat of the Dukes of Devonshire. As well as painting a number of portraits of the Royal Family in the 1930s and 1940s, Sir Oswald Birley also painted Sir Winston Churchill and gave him lessons in art.

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Right Honourable Edward William Spencer (1895–1950), 10th Duke of Devonshire




oil on canvas


H 280 x W 143 cm

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commissioned by the United Grand Lodge of England, 1950

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