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Image number: RS.15105
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Frontispeice to Royal Society Charter Book




Unknown, Artist

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height (page): 390mm
width (page): 292mm


Content object


The royal coat of arms in the Royal Society's Charter Book. Red, yellow, blue body colour; red, green, grey wash with ink and gilding on vellum.

The shield bears the three lions of England in the first and fourth quarters, the lion of Scotland in the second quarter and the harp of Ireland in the third. It is surrounded by the motto of the Order of the Garter, ‘Honi soit qui mal y pense’, and supported by a crowned English lion and a Scottish unicorn. It is surmounted by the Royal crown. Below it appears the motto of the sovereign, 'Dieu et mon droit' ('God and my right').

The cost of the illumination of this coat of arms and the Society's arms on the next page was £1 15s. at the time.

Object history

On 29 July 1663, Jonathan Goddard was reimbursed £1 15s. for the cost of 'painting the two coats in the book' (AB/1/1).

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