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Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks

Krakatoa sunsets, 1883 artworks
Krakatoa sunsets. Artwork of the spectacular red and orange sunsets caused in London, England, by the August 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a volcano thousands of kilometres away in Indonesia

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: 1775 Captain James Cook explorer

1775 Captain James Cook explorer
James Cook, Captain of HMS Barc Endeavour (b. 7th November 1728 - d. 14th February 1779). Steel engraving by E. Scriven 1833 with later hand colouring, after the painting by N

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Mathematical series, 18th century

Mathematical series, 18th century

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: 1778 Benjamin Franklin scientist

1778 Benjamin Franklin scientist
Benjamin Franklin, scientist, inventor, and US Founding Father (January 17 1706 - April 17 1790). Steel engraving by J. Thompson 1834 with later colouring, after 1778 painting by Duplessis

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Snowflake research, 18th century

Snowflake research, 18th century

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: 1698 William Dampier Pirate Naturalist

1698 William Dampier Pirate Naturalist
1698 William Dampier, naturalist, explorer and buccaneer (August 1651 - March 1715). A posthumous 1787 Copperplate engraving by Charles Sherwin after the 1698 painting by T. Murray

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Royal Society endorsement of a lens-grinder, 1600s

Royal Society endorsement of a lens-grinder, 1600s
Opticians advertisement illustrated with Archimedes at a telescope, London, 1694. Hand-colored woodcut of a 17th-century illustration

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The Royal Society (engraving)

The Royal Society (engraving)
1046913 The Royal Society (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Royal Society, a Portrait Group of some of the Most Distinguished Fellows)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Kidney stone, 18th century

Kidney stone, 18th century

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Richard Kirwan (engraving)

Richard Kirwan (engraving)
815869 Richard Kirwan (engraving) by Irish School, (18th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Richard Kirwan (1733-1812)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Sir William Withey Gull, 1878. Artist: Lock & Whitfield

Sir William Withey Gull, 1878. Artist: Lock & Whitfield
Sir William Withey Gull, 1878. Gull became physician and lecturer to Guys Hospital in 1856. He resigned due to increased practice in 1867, but remained a consulting physician to the hospital

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Botanical illustrations, 17th century

Botanical illustrations, 17th century

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: African rhinoceros horns, 18th century

African rhinoceros horns, 18th century

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Princess Louise giving the Prizes of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals

Princess Louise giving the Prizes of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (engraving)
1613781 Princess Louise giving the Prizes of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (engraving) by Robinson

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Roger Gale, 1722 (oil on canvas)

Roger Gale, 1722 (oil on canvas)
1765248 Roger Gale, 1722 (oil on canvas) by Vanderbank, John (1694-1739); 890x685 cm; Society of Antiquaries of London, UK; (add.info.: Roger Gale (1672)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: To the Health of Dr Nansen!, the Royal Societies Club Banquet, 5 February 1897 (litho)

To the Health of Dr Nansen!, the Royal Societies Club Banquet, 5 February 1897 (litho)
1597601 To the Health of Dr Nansen!, the Royal Societies Club Banquet, 5 February 1897 (litho) by Begg, Samuel (fl.1886-1916) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: To the Health of Dr Nansen)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Ralph Thoresby, after James Parmentier (1658-1730) (oil on canvas)

Ralph Thoresby, after James Parmentier (1658-1730) (oil on canvas)
1765253 Ralph Thoresby, after James Parmentier (1658-1730) (oil on canvas) by Unknown artist, (18th century); 515x413 cm; Society of Antiquaries of London

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Mr Muybridge showing his Instantaneous Photographs of Animal Motion at the Royal Society (engraving)

Mr Muybridge showing his Instantaneous Photographs of Animal Motion at the Royal Society (engraving)
1626505 Mr Muybridge showing his Instantaneous Photographs of Animal Motion at the Royal Society (engraving) by Wilson, Thomas Walter (1851-1912); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, c. 1719 (oil on canvas)

Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, c. 1719 (oil on canvas)
1765230 Edward Harley, 2nd Earl of Oxford, c.1719 (oil on canvas) by Dahl, Michael the Elder (1656-1743) (studio of); 84x68.5 cm; Society of Antiquaries of London, UK; (add.info.: Edward Harley (1689)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: John Frere, c. 1775 (oil on canvas)

John Frere, c. 1775 (oil on canvas)
1765242 John Frere, c.1775 (oil on canvas) by Walton, Henry (1746-1813); 50x43.5 cm; Society of Antiquaries of London, UK; (add.info)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The New Year Honours, Sir Joseph Lister, Baronet, President of the Royal Society

The New Year Honours, Sir Joseph Lister, Baronet, President of the Royal Society, raised to the Peerage (litho)
1597034 The New Year Honours, Sir Joseph Lister, Baronet, President of the Royal Society, raised to the Peerage (litho) by Begg

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Martin Folkes, 1718 (oil on canvas)

Martin Folkes, 1718 (oil on canvas)
1765243 Martin Folkes, 1718 (oil on canvas) by Richardson, Jonathan (1665-1745); 760x630 cm; Society of Antiquaries of London

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: A meeting of the Royal Society in Crane Court (engraving)

A meeting of the Royal Society in Crane Court (engraving)
3636099 A meeting of the Royal Society in Crane Court (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: A meeting of the Royal Society in Crane Court)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Adam Smith, 1790 (engraving)

Adam Smith, 1790 (engraving)
3617895 Adam Smith, 1790 (engraving) by Kay, John (1742-1826); Private Collection; (add.info.: Adam Smith FRSA (1723-90) was a Scottish economist, philosopher, author, moral philosopher

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Professor W H M Christie, FRS (engraving)

Professor W H M Christie, FRS (engraving)
1054580 Professor W H M Christie, FRS (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Professor W H M Christie, FRS, the New Astronomer Royal)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Sir John Bowring, LLD, FRS (engraving)

Sir John Bowring, LLD, FRS (engraving)
1058232 Sir John Bowring, LLD, FRS (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir John Bowring, LLD, FRS)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The late Mr J Whitaker Hulke, FRS (engraving)

The late Mr J Whitaker Hulke, FRS (engraving)
1627945 The late Mr J Whitaker Hulke, FRS (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The late Mr J Whitaker Hulke, FRS)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The late Professor Tyndall, FRS (engraving)

The late Professor Tyndall, FRS (engraving)
1627736 The late Professor Tyndall, FRS (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The late Professor Tyndall, FRS)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The British Association at Birmingham, Portraits of the Presidents of Sections (engraving)

The British Association at Birmingham, Portraits of the Presidents of Sections (engraving)
1054989 The British Association at Birmingham, Portraits of the Presidents of Sections (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The British Association Congress at Southampton (engraving)

The British Association Congress at Southampton (engraving)
1622018 The British Association Congress at Southampton (engraving) by Watkins, Frank (fl.1859-94); Private Collection; (add.info.: The British Association Congress at Southampton)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The late Mr Thomas Hawksley, FRS (engraving)

The late Mr Thomas Hawksley, FRS (engraving)
1627441 The late Mr Thomas Hawksley, FRS (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The late Mr Thomas Hawksley, FRS)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The late Mr Caesar Hawkins, FRS, Sergeant-Surgeon to the Queen (engraving)

The late Mr Caesar Hawkins, FRS, Sergeant-Surgeon to the Queen (engraving)
1622716 The late Mr Caesar Hawkins, FRS, Sergeant-Surgeon to the Queen (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The late Mr Caesar Hawkins, FRS)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The late Sir Gardner Wilkinson, FRS (engraving)

The late Sir Gardner Wilkinson, FRS (engraving)
1621431 The late Sir Gardner Wilkinson, FRS (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The late Sir Gardner Wilkinson, FRS)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Conversazione of the Royal Society at Burlington House (engraving)

Conversazione of the Royal Society at Burlington House (engraving)
1038107 Conversazione of the Royal Society at Burlington House (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Conversazione of the Royal Society at Burlington House)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: With the British Association in Canada (engraving)

With the British Association in Canada (engraving)
1045685 With the British Association in Canada (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: With the British Association in Canada)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Mr G Poulett Scrope, MP (engraving)

Mr G Poulett Scrope, MP (engraving)
1095866 Mr G Poulett Scrope, MP (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mr G Poulett Scrope, MP)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The British Antarctic Expedition, some Officers of the 'Discovery'(b / w photo)

The British Antarctic Expedition, some Officers of the "Discovery"(b / w photo)
1629033 The British Antarctic Expedition, some Officers of the " Discovery" (b/w photo) by English Photographer

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Sir Thomas Watson, MD, FRS (engraving)

Sir Thomas Watson, MD, FRS (engraving)
1061306 Sir Thomas Watson, MD, FRS (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir Thomas Watson, MD, FRS)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: The President of the Association and the Presidents of the Various Sections, British Association

The President of the Association and the Presidents of the Various Sections, British Association, 1893 (engraving)
1062980 The President of the Association and the Presidents of the Various Sections, British Association, 1893 (engraving) by English School

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, Baronet, KCB, FRS (engraving)

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, Baronet, KCB, FRS (engraving)
1099008 Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, Baronet, KCB, FRS (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, Baronet, KCB, FRS)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Mace of the Royal Society (engraving)

Mace of the Royal Society (engraving)
1101875 Mace of the Royal Society (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Mace of the Royal Society)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Meeting of the Royal Society, at Somerset House (engraving)

Meeting of the Royal Society, at Somerset House (engraving)
1100928 Meeting of the Royal Society, at Somerset House (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Meeting of the Royal Society, at Somerset House)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Somerset House, meeting of the Royal Society (engraving)

Somerset House, meeting of the Royal Society (engraving)
585320 Somerset House, meeting of the Royal Society (engraving) by Fairholt, Frederick William (1814-66); Private Collection; (add.info.: Illustration titled Somerset House)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Bust of Charles II, with Lord Brouncker (left), the first President of the Royal Society

Bust of Charles II, with Lord Brouncker (left), the first President of the Royal Society
586734 Bust of Charles II, with Lord Brouncker (left), the first President of the Royal Society, and Francis Bacon (right) (engraving) by Hollar

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Antoine Claudet (b / w photo)

Antoine Claudet (b / w photo)
812711 Antoine Claudet (b/w photo) by Claudet, Antoine Francois Jean (1797-1867); Private Collection; (add.info.: Photographer Antoine Claudet, self-portrait, circa 1851)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Tiberius Cavallo (engraving)

Tiberius Cavallo (engraving)
815727 Tiberius Cavallo (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Tiberius Cavallo (1749-1809)

Background imageRoyal Society Collection: Professor James Dewar, FRS (litho)

Professor James Dewar, FRS (litho)
2807906 Professor James Dewar, FRS (litho) by Chesterton, Gilbert Keith (1874-1936); Private Collection; (add.info.: Professor James Dewar, FRS)



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"The Royal Society: A Journey Through Time and Discovery" Step into the fascinating world of the Royal Society, where scientific exploration and artistic marvels intertwine. From the mesmerizing Krakatoa sunsets that painted the skies in vibrant hues to the intricate 1883 artworks capturing their ethereal beauty, this society has witnessed wonders beyond imagination. In 1775, Captain James Cook embarked on his legendary voyage as an explorer under the auspices of the Royal Society. His discoveries opened new horizons for mankind and expanded our understanding of distant lands. Benjamin Franklin, a renowned scientist in his own right, became a member of this prestigious society in 1778. His experiments with electricity revolutionized science and paved the way for countless technological advancements we enjoy today. Even snowflakes were not immune to scrutiny by these curious minds during the 18th century. Meticulous research unraveled their delicate structures, revealing nature's artistry at its finest. Mathematical series flourished within these hallowed halls during that same era. Brilliant minds delved into complex equations and formulas that shaped modern mathematics as we know it today. The iconic engraving depicting The Royal Society stands as a testament to centuries of innovation and collaboration among brilliant individuals striving for knowledge. Their collective efforts have propelled humanity forward through leaps in various fields. Not only did this esteemed society endorse lens-grinders in the 1600s but also recognized Richard Kirwan's contributions through an enchanting engraving. These endorsements fostered scientific progress while honoring those who dedicated themselves to advancing human understanding. Medical breakthroughs were no stranger to The Royal Society either; kidney stone research took center stage during the 18th century. Pioneering studies shed light on treatments that alleviated suffering and improved lives around the world. 1698 saw William Dampier join The Royal Society—an intriguing blend of pirate naturalist—a true embodiment of adventure combined with scientific curiosity.