The Founding of the Royal Society

The Founding of the Royal Society

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This print appeared as the frontispiece to Thomas Sprat, The History of the Royal Society of London" (London, 1667). The central image is a bust of Charles II crowned by an angel representing Fame. William Brouncker, the founding president of the Royal Society, sits on one side. Francis Bacon, the natural philosopher whose ideas inspired the organization, sits on the other. In the background are numerous books as well as optical, mathematical, and philosophical instruments. The “Evelyn D.D.C.” inscription refers to John Evelyn, a founding member of the Royal Society and the artist of this image. The “Wenceslas Hollar” inscription refers to the Bohemian engraver who prepared the plate.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
print
date made
1667
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Measurements
overall: 8 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in; 20.955 cm x 16.51 cm
ID Number
PH.319385
catalog number
319385
accession number
236658
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National Museum of American History
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