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Royal Society of Arts

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Founded by William Shipley as the "Society of Arts" in Rawthmell's Coffee House. They carried on meeting in coffee houses and taverns but as the society grew they needed more space. Shipley rented a house in Craig's Court, SW1 and In February 1755 he rented out two rooms to the society. June 1756 the society moved to a house in Castle Court, Strand. In 1759 they purchased the lease of a warehouse in Denmark Court, north of the Strand and Sir William Chambers altered it to meet their needs.

They then had the building in the Adelphi built by the Adam brothers for their use, 18 John Street, now 8 John Adam Street.

In 1908 the society was granted permission to add "Royal" to the name.

Information from Soane Museum and ODNB.

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Royal Society of Arts

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William Shipley

This plaque commemorates the tercentenary of Shipley's birth and the site of ...

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Royal Society of Arts

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Dickens plaque - EC1

But he did not live in the building here today, he lived in Furnival's Inn.

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Fanny Burney

Erected in 1885 this is the oldest surviving "blue" plaque to a woman.

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George Cruikshank

George Cruikshank, artist, lived here, from 1850 to 1878. B: Sept.27th 1792....

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Harry Vane

Sir Harry Vane, statesman, lived here. Born 1612. Beheaded 1662. {Almost hid...

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House of Royal Soc. for Encouragement of Arts etc

The House of Royal Soc. for Encouragement of Arts Manufactures and Commerce. ...

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Other Subjects

James McNeill Whistler

James McNeill Whistler

Painter and printmaker, born in Worthen Street, Lowell, Massachussetts. His family moved to Russia in 1843 and he received his first formal art instruction at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts, St ...

Person, Art, Seriously Famous, Russia, USA

3 memorials
Langlands & Bell

Langlands & Bell

From their website: "Artists, Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell...began collaborating after they met at art school in London 1977. They are based in London...."

Group, Art

1 memorial
Stanley Hallam Rothwell

Stanley Hallam Rothwell

Body builder and artists' model who posed for a number of statues on display in London. Rothwell was brought to our attention by Broderick D.V. Chow in this Londonist article. This, together with ...

Person, Art, Artists' Model, Sport / Games

1 memorial
Frederick Goodall

Frederick Goodall

Painter. Born 20 Arlington Street. Following visits to Egypt his work often featured that country, and he was very successful, enabling him to employ R. N. Shaw to build Grim's Dyke as his home. A ...

Person, Art, Egypt

2 memorials
Giotto di Bondone

Giotto di Bondone

Italian painter and architect from Florence.

Person, Architecture, Art, Italy

1 memorial