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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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

Christopher Whall

Christopher Whall

Stained glass artist, Born at The Rectory, Thurning, Huntingdonshire. His major stained glass works are in Gloucester and Canterbury Cathedrals and he influenced many artists in Britain and America...

Person, Art, Craft / Design

1 memorial
Paul Nash

Paul Nash

Painter and watercolourist. Served with the Artists' Rifles in WW1.

Person, Art

2 memorials
Benvenuto Cellini

Benvenuto Cellini

Italian goldsmith, sculptor, draftsman, soldier, musician, and artist who also wrote a famous autobiography and poetry.

Person, Art, Craft / Design, Literature, Music / songs, Poetry, Sculpture, Italy

2 memorials
Robert Gordon McHarg III

Robert Gordon McHarg III

Opened the Subway Gallery in 2006.

Person, Art, Museums / Libraries, Canada

1 memorial
Cyril Mann

Cyril Mann

Painter and sculptor.  Born London but brought up in Nottingham.  Despite a scholarship (aged 12!) to study art at Nottingham Art School he left school and in 1927 went to Canada doing the sort of ...

Person, Art, Sculpture, Canada, France

1 memorial