Albert Pike

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Albert Pike

Ltd Edition, Signed Giclee Print (only 250 copies)
Oil on Canvas Board, 2016

This painting by Masonic Artist Ryan J. Flynn depicting Albert Pike in his Scottish Rite Regalia (c. 1735/8—1807). Albert Pike (December 29, 1809 – April 2, 1891) was an American author, poet, orator, editor, lawyer, jurist, and prominent member of the Freemasons who served as an associate justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court from 1864 until the surrender of the Trans-Mississippi Department in May 1865.

In 1859 he was elected Sovereign Grand Commander of the Scottish Rite's Southern Jurisdiction. He remained Sovereign Grand Commander for the rest of his life, devoting a large amount of his time to developing the rituals of the order.

He published Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry in 1871, the first of several editions. This helped the Order grow during the nineteenth century. He also researched and wrote the seminal treatise Indo-Aryan Deities and Worship as Contained in the Rig-Veda. In the United States, Pike is still considered an eminent and influential Freemason, primarily in the Scottish Rite Southern Jurisdiction.