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The Virtuoso tribe of arts & sciences : studies in the eighteenth-century work and membership of the London Society of Arts

Author: D G C Allan; John Lawrence Abbott
Publisher: Athens : University of Georgia Press, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Founded in London in 1754, the Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (later known as the Royal Society of Arts, or RSA) has a worldwide membership of nearly fifteen thousand fellows. Its long roll of members and associates has included such cultural and intellectual giants as Samuel Johnson, Benjamin Franklin, Charles Dickens, Karl Marx, Ambrose Fleming, and Guglielmo Marconi. Formed to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: D G C Allan; John Lawrence Abbott
ISBN: 0820313262 9780820313269
OCLC Number: 22490547
Description: xxvi, 447 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Dr. Johnson and the Society / John L. Abbott --
ʻCompassion and horror in every humane mindʼ: Samuel Johnson, the Society of arts, and eighteenth-century prostitution / D.G.C. Allan and John L. Abbott --
Thomas Hollis and the Society, 1756-1774 / John L. Abbott --
Nicholas Crisp, founding member of the Society of Arts / J.V.G. Mallet --
Caleb Whitefoord, FRS, FSA, 1734-1810: Committee Chairman and Vice President of the Society / D.G.C. Allan --
Artists and the Society in the eighteenth century / D.G.C. Allan --
ʻA very ancient, useful and curious artʼ: the Society and the revival of gem engraving in eighteenth-century England / Gertrud Seidmann. Robert Dodsley: the first printer and stationer to the Society / James E. Tierney --
The contest for the Secretaryship, 1769-1770 / D.G.C. Allan --
ʻMr. More of the Adelphiʼ: notes on the life and work of Samuel More, Secretary of the Society, 1770-1799 / G.E. Mercer --
The chronology of James Barry's work for the Society's Great Room / D.G.C. Allan. The Society and wood engraving in the eighteenth century / Leo J. De Freitas --
The Society and the surveys of English counties, 1759-1809 / J.B. Harley --
The Society and the improvement of whaling / Walter M. Stern --
Samuel Johnson and history painting / John Sunderland --
A campaign to promote the prosperity of colonial Virginia / Robert Leroy Hilldrup --
ʻThe present unhappy disputesʼ: the Society and the loss of the American colonies, 1774-1783 / D.G.C. Allan --
Some notes on the Germanic associations of the Society in the eighteenth century / Hans-Joachim Braun --
Count Francesco Algarotti and the Society / George Truett Hollis --
Early contacts of the Society with Russia / A.G. Cross.
Responsibility: edited by D.G.C. Allan and John L. Abbott.

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Draws together 20 essays by British, American and European scholars, all of whom had access to the Royal Society of Arts' archives, to give an overview of the Society's significant influence on  Read more...

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