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Image number: RS.15110
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Patron signature page

Date

1663

Creator

Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number

Material

Dimensions

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

Subject

Content object

Description

This page from the Royal Society's Charter Book contains the signatures of royal patrons in the 18th century. The first signatory is George I (signing in 1727). The others are George II (1727), Frederick, Prince of Wales (1728), William IV, Prince of Orange (1734), Francesco III d'Este, Duke of Modena (1735), George III (1760) and Edward August, Duke of York and Albany (1760).

The border is decorated with a floral vine pattern with symbolic flowers, including the rose of England, the thistle of Scotland and the feathers and motto ('ich dien', 'I serve') of the Prince of Wales. At the top is the chivalric emblem of the Order of the Garter with the motto 'Honi soit qui mal y pense' ('May he be shamed who thinks badly of it'). It also bears the motto 'Dieu et mon droit' ('God and my right'), used by the British royal family.

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