William Shipley Founder Of The Royal Society Of Arts.
A biography with documents.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.75 x 8.5 inches. xvi + 239 +  pp. Bound in original green cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has a little edge wear. Minor wear to extremities, but otherwise a very good copy. Small neat signature on first free endpaper. Illustrated by tipped in colour miniature portrait frontispiece, by 8 pages of black and white plates and by text drawings, plan and family trees. Founded in 1754 as The Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce, it became The Royal Society of Arts in 1908. It played an important role in promoting inventions and innovations in agriculture, industry and commerce, and awarded gold medals, premiums and bounties. This biography of the founder and first secretary of the Society, William Shipley (1715-1803) provides an early history of the Society reprints nine original documents and includes seven lists and tables. Jacob, Viscount Folkestone became the first president. Shipley, earlier a painting and drawing master, also established a school 1753-68, some of whose pupils became artists and sculptors. He settled at Maidstone in 1768 and was active in the local Society for Promoting Useful Knowledge, which he turned into The Kentish Society in 1786. David Guy Charles Allan (b.1925) became Archivist to the Society in 1954 and was appointed Curator-Librarian the following year, later holding a number of academic posts.
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