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Gresham College - Original Location of Royal Society

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Located in the City of London, Gresham College has long been a place where public lectures help to educate people who are not enrolled as college students.  It is also where the Royal Society was formally established on the 28th of November, 1660.

Since the Royal Society continued to have its meetings at Gresham, until 1710 (or thereabouts), this image depicts the place where Francis Hauksbee demonstrated his electrostatic generator to a Royal-Society audience.

Today, Gresham College is located at Barnard’s Inn Hall.  The original building was demolished to make way for a different organization, as depicted by this engraving’s title:

View of Gresham College as it appeared before it was taken down to Build a New Excise Office

This 1779 etching and engraving, by an unknown artist, shows us a view of the College’s courtyard.  We also see a scholar and a well-dressed woman standing below an arch.  

Click on the image for a better view.


Media Credits

Image, described above, is part of the Crace Collection at the British Museum.

 

 

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