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

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Poet & painter. Born 38 Charlotte Street, son of an Italian political refugee and Professor of Italian (with a bit of a thing about Dante). Brother to Christina. Their mother was brother to Dr ...

Person, Art, Poetry

4 memorials
John Callcott Horsley

John Callcott Horsley

Painter. Born Brompton Row.  Designer of the first Christmas card.  His sister married I. K. Brunel.  A religious man, his objection to the prevalence of paintings of nudes caused 'Punch' to nickna...

Person, Art

1 memorial
Gillian Wearing

Gillian Wearing

Artist. Gillian C. Wearing, CBE, RA, was born on 6 December 1963 in  Birmingham, Warwickshire, (now Birmingham, West Midlands), a daughter of Bryan J. Wearing and Jean R. Wearing née Gregory. She c...

Person, Art, Sculpture

1 memorial
John Pine

John Pine

Engraver. Born and died in London.

Person, Art, Craft / Design

1 memorial
Art in the Park

Art in the Park

Art in the Park is a charity devoted to enriching Londoners' lives and environment through visual arts. They run art and performance based education and training workshops, and are involved in comm...

Group, Art, Gardens / Agriculture, Philanthropy

1 memorial