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Image number: RS.15106
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Second frontispeice to Royal Society Charter Book




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


Content object


Illuminated coat of arms of the Royal Society. Red, yellow, blue body colour; red, grey wash with ink and gilding on vellum.

This coat of arms was specified in the second charter as follows: ‘in the dexter corner of a silver shield our three Lions of England, and for Crest a helm adorned with a crown studded with florets, surmounted by an eagle of proper colour holding in one foot a shield charged with our lions: Supporters, two white hounds gorged with crowns’. The translation is from The Record of the Royal Society of London, 3rd edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1912), pp. 83-84.

The cost of the illumination of this coat of arms and the royal arms on the previous 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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