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Image number: RS.15111
Credit: ©The Royal Society

Second Royal Charter of the Royal Society.


22 April 1663


Unknown, Artist

Object type

Archive reference number



height (page): 660mm
width (page): 800mm


Content object


The decoration of the second Royal Charter of the Royal Society is based closely on that of the first. It shows a portrait of Charles II inside the letter C, surrounded with calligraphic flourishes. The decorative band at the top indicates a bird, a plant with fruits, a carnation and a tulip. The side borders are filled similarly with acanthus-style scrolls with floral patterns. The one difference is the Royal Society's own coat of arms, granted in this Charter, which is decorated in colour in the middle of the left border. Monogram signatures of 'NP' and 'ANR' (?) are found next to the portrait of Charles II.

Object history

For the English translation of the Charter, see The Record of the Royal Society of London, 4th edn (London: The Royal Society, 1940), pp. 226-37.

Related Fellows

Charles II (1630-1685, British)

Associated place

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