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William Washington

Master Engraver



1885 - 1956




Head of The School of Art, Hammersmith School of Art and Building



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William Washington RBA, ARCA, MAFA, ARE was a Master Engraver, Painter, Silversmith and Calligrapher.


Head of The School of Art (1930-1950) and Principal at Hammersmith school of Art and Building.


'Self-Portrait' (above)


To date, little is known of William. However we can find tantalising clues amongst the many masterful works he created, not least information about the people he met and places he visited.


Work has now begun to piece together his life's story. If you have news or information about William Washington, the Foundation would love to hear from you.


Details from 'Saint Nicholas, La Rochelle' (below) and 'Albert Newton' (right)

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Collectors' Weekly Article

Lodge Banner


In 1926/27, William Washington, at that time Senior Warden of the Crystal Palace Lodge, was commissioned to design a Lodge Banner. Recently I was invited to attend Freemasons' Hall, London and see the banner.


Although Crystal Palace Lodge meet in central London, it was founded at Crystal Palace, Sydenham in 1858. Crystal Palace and Masonic Symbols are key features of William's design.


The banner itself has an interesting history. Destroyed on the night of 16/17th April 1941 by enemy action, it was carefully reproduced and dedicated in 1987 during a special ceremony.


William himself would later become a Worshipful Master, the highest honour. Seeing the banner and meeting members of the Crystal Palace Lodge, has the given the Washington Foundation a fascinating insite into William's position and purpose within the Freemason.


Author: C.A. Martin





The Washington Family Tree