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Image number: RS.15108
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Coat of arms of the Royal Society

Date

1663

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

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

Subject

Content object

Description

Illuminated coat of arms of the Royal Society in its second Charter Book (1663). Red, yellow, brown, grey body colour; with silver and gold detail.

The coat of arms is specified in the Charter Book 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 coat of arms and the motto, 'nullius in verba' were designed by John Evelyn.

Object history

The coat of arms was granted to the Royal Society in its second Royal Charter (1663) and was specified 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 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.

Related Fellows

John Evelyn (1620-1706, British), Diarist

Associated place

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