Sit Vis Vobiscum - Masonic Art & Graphics, Banners, Regalia

© Alan C. Trotter 2011

Alan C. Trotter reserves the right to be identified as the
Artist of the images shown on this website,
none of which therefore may be copied or reproduced
by any means whatsoever without the
express prior permission of the Artist.
Some of the finished products were produced elsewhere.

The study of Masonic art..... or
as I have deigned to term it,
has entered a new era and dimension
with the advent of the computer and the graphic artist.
Nevertheless, an understanding of the ancient origins and multi-levelled symbology employed, not only by the Craft, but also the entire spectrum of other Orders, is essential when considering designs for Masonic Banners, Breast Jewels, Tokens, Summons and even new Tracing Boards.

Ancient Charge
"First, that no Master or Fellow take upon himself any lord's work,
nor other man's work unless he knows himself able and
sufficient of cunning to perform the same".

Having now Masonically 'come of age', being a Freemason for over 26 years, I have become immersed in, and acquired a significant knowledge of the beautiful, yet so often, seemingly mystical images
that portray the various ceremonies and their import.

Whilst maintaining a deep respect for the labours of my forebears,
neither am I afraid to explore innovative ways to illustrate
the different facets of the jewel of Freemasonry.
To boldly go where no Masonic artist has gone before!

The artwork below is by no means an exhaustive catalogue of my work,
but merely a selection to illustrate what may be achieved.

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Mark Degree Tracing Board
A proposed new Tracing Board design for the Mark Degree
Watch this space!

On 11 October 2011, at the Centenary Meeting of Thornton Lodge MMM, No. 631, in the presence of the then newly appointed AssistGM, RWBro. Keith Emmerson
and Dedicated by the Provincial Grand Master, RWBro. Brian Wareham,
the new Tracing Board was unveiled to the Masonic World.
The newly Installed Worshipful Master, W. Bro. Edwin Warmington
receives the Tracing Board from Alan, on behalf of Thornton Lodge.

Perhaps, on a smaller, but just as important, scale........
A Benevolent Fund Jewel to Mark Well the occasion of a Festival

(This is only an example of a 'work in progress')

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A brand new 'Board of Instruction'
For the brand new

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If a picture is worth a 1,000 words, this must speak volumes.
If every picture tells a story, this must be an epic!

A brand new Tracing Board for the new Sovereign body of the
Ancient & Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord

And what better to establish the authority of a new
Provincial Senatus of the Order

........... Than a nice new Banner?

SURREY - The Design Upon The Tracing Board

Or Two ??

SUSSEX - The Finished Article

Or Three ???

ESSEX - The Finished Article

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Even Provincial and District authorities of numerous Masonic persuasions
have seen fit to entrust Alan with creating  their 'Corporate Identity'.

Sussex Allied Masonic Degrees   

Sussex Royal & Select Masters

Dorset, Hampshire & Isle of Wight R & SM

Provinces of Surrey and Hampshire & Isle of Wight
Ancient & Masonic Order of the Scarlet Cord



A work to celebrate the
Quartarius Millenium Anniversary of the
Caledonian Lodge, No.CXXXIV
(Alan's and a certain William Preston's Masonic roots.)

If you behave yourself.....
You can even get a Lodge named in your honour.
Now that's got to be worth having a Banner for.

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Whilst guiding the aspirant unit through the entire design process, we continually strive
to ensure compliance with the guidelines and protocols of the various Masonic authorities.

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Who says everything in the Mark has to be square or oblong
We like to think outside of the box - or even the circle, or triangle..... or pentagon, or heptagon?

From original concept to physical reality
This is indeed a curiously wrought Banner!

A Token of the Masters gratitude - wages due to patient industry.

Who said I would never make any money?

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Whichever Masonic Order floats your boat.....

Do you Noah better way to do it proud?

Before and After
From laying lines and drawing plans upon the Trestle Board
to celebrating a Dedication at the Festive Board

Sussex Provincial Royal Ark Mariners
Banner Dedication, Horsham, March 2011

The Real McCoy, after having been dedicated by
R.W. Bro. Brian Wareham, Provincial Grand Master (Inside right)
V.W. Bro. Martin Wilson, Deputy P.G.M. (Outside right)
W. Bro. Roger Richardson, Assist.P.G.M. and Benefactor (Inside left)
W.Bro. Toby Pratt, P.G.D.C. (Outside left)
As well as a shy Bro. Raymond Mann, Provincial Grand Standard Bearer! (Centre forward)

Another one for the Fleet

Surrey Enthroned Commanders
will not accept just any old Arky-Bargy.

So they got what they asked for....

An old acquaintance.... Alan with R.W. Bro. Ray Hussey,
P.G.M. for Mark/RAM Province of Surrey, who Dedicated the Banner

Who is this other bloke that wants to get in all the photos?

Welcome Lodge R.A.M. No.1237

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Original drawing for the Banner of
Saxa Regis Council
of Royal & Select Masters

Alan with Right Illustrious Companion John Phillips,
District Grand Master
following the Ceremony of Dedication

A Banner of truly Biblical proportions - ".....two cubits and a half was its length"

A joyous occasion of celebration for all the Members!

How many Banners have you seen at night?

Royal & Select Masters do it between 9 at night and 12
Even beneath the islands of the Caribbean

His Grace the Duke of Devonshire bestowed a great honour
by allowing his family name to be associated with the recently
consecrated 'Cavendish Council' of Royal and Select Masters.
The result was a subtle blending of the Duke's armorial bearing
 with various aspects of Royal & Select Masters symbolism.

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R.W. Bro. Martin Wilson, District Grand Prefect,
sits proudly beneath the newly dedicated Banner of the
District Grand Council of Sussex of the Allied Masonic Degrees.

A relic from the past paves the way to the future
for Earl Godwin Council of the Allied Masonic Degrees.

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So, like I said at the top -
We don't just do Boards 'n' Banners
But indeed, any aspect of

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