Group    From 1754 

Royal Society of Arts

Categories: Art, Commerce

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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This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page:
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

G. F. Watts

G. F. Watts

Born in London. His piano-making father named him after Handel. Married briefly to Ellen Terry, many years his junior. 1886 married Mary Tytler. The statue 'Physical Energy' in Hyde Park is his. Le...

Person, Art, Sculpture

17 memorials
Sir William Blake Richmond

Sir William Blake Richmond

Born 10 York Street. Painter. He entered the Royal Academy in 1858, winning two silver medals. His reputation rests on his portraiture of many prominent people. His painting of the Princess of Wal...

Person, Art

1 memorial
Jack B. Yeats

Jack B. Yeats

Artist. Born John Butler Yeats (to a father with the same name) at 23 Fitzroy Road NW1. Known as Jack B. (he never used the name Butler). He grew up in Sligo and moved back to London, where he work...

Person, Art, Ireland

1 memorial
Hablot Knight Browne, 'Phiz'

Hablot Knight Browne, 'Phiz'

Artist.  Born Lower Kennington Lane, exact date in doubt. Illustrated 10 of Dickens' books. Took the pseudonym Phiz to pair with Dicken's early pen-name, Boz.  Also worked for other novelists and f...

Person, Art

1 memorial
Arthur Szyk

Arthur Szyk

Graphic artist, book illustrator, stage designer and caricaturist.  Born Lodz Poland.  In Paris 1921 - 37.  The listing entry says: “Arthur Szyk, a noted artist of Polish-Jewish origin. …. Leaving ...

Person, Art, France, Poland, USA

1 memorial