1893. photograph, 19 x 24 cm.
May 22, 1813 - February 13, 1883
"German composer. b. 1813 in Leipzig. Although not a Freemason, he wanted to be. He had many Masonic influences in his life, including his family and friends. His brother-in-law, Prof. Oswald Marbach, was one of the most important personalities in Freemasonry during Wagners time, and in view of the Masonic aspects of his Parsifal, it is speculated that he learned much of Masonic ritual and ideas from Marbach. Marbach held the chair of the chapter Baiduin, Zur Linde of Leipzig for more than 30 years, and was an honorary member of more than 50 lodges. Another great friend was the banker, Feustel in Bayreuth, who from 1863-69 was master of the lodge Zur Sonne in Bayreuth. In 1847 Feustel proposed that the lodge abolish the restrictions on non-Christians becoming members. Seemingly, Wagner informed Feustel of his desire to become a member of the lodge Eleusis zur Verschuregenheit in Bayreuth, but was advised not to submit a formal petition as there were members who reproached Wagner for his personal life. Feustel suggested to Wagner that his admission to the lodge would strengthen the opposition of the Bavarian clericals if it was known he was a member of the Craft.."
Source: 10,000 Famous Freemasons, William R. Denslow.