inspiration

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July,theNationalHeritageMuseum

proudlydedicatedthehistoricmuralby
JonathanD.Poor(1807-45),whichhas

heldaplaceofhonorintheVanGorden-WilliamsLi-
brary&Archivessince2002,tothememoryofIllustri-
ousWalterE.Webber,33°.

Bro.WebberwasSovereignGrandCommanderand

presidentoftheScottishRiteMuseumandLibrary,
Inc.,2003-06.

Itsacquisitionwasmadepossiblebygenerouscontri-

butionsfromJudyandJohnWilliamMcNaughton,33°;
DorothyA.andAlbertH.Richardson;SupremeCoun-
cil,33°,NorthernMasonicJurisdiction,USA;trusteesof
theSupremeCouncilBenevolentFund;TheWebber
MemorialFund,andScottishRiteMasonsinthe15
statesoftheNorthernMasonicJurisdiction.

Aplaquerecognizesthesegenerousdonors.The

mural’sstorybeganalmost200yearsagoinMainewhen
itwasfreshlypaintedtoprovidetastefuldecorationfora
NewEnglandfamily.

Muralssuchasthiswerepopularintheeastern

UnitedStatesinprivatehomesandpublicbuildings—
sometimeswithMasonicsymbolsincluded.

MuralDecorationinAmerica

PainteddecorationwastheearliestformofEnglish

interiorwalladornmentandmadeitswayinthe1600s,
withthecolonists,towhatwouldbecometheUnited
States.

Atthetime,itwasacheapsubstituteforfinewooden

panelingorwovenwallhangings.Thefashionfor

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fashionable

ThePoorMuralandMasonicWallDecorations

HarborandLandscapeMural,JonathanD.Poor(1807-1845),1830,Maine,collectionoftheNationalHeritageMuseum.

Detailofartist’s

signature.

Photo:
DavidBohl.