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Society of Antiquaries: Private Tour
Mon 10 April 2017, 10:00 – 12:00 BST
Founded in 1707, The Society of Antiquaries of London was granted its Royal Charter in 1751.
The Society's rooms house most of the Society's collection of some 10,000 objects and the largest specialist library of books on antiquarian interests in the UK, of 130,000 books from the middle ages to the present day. A notable highlight of the tour is the remarkable collection of 16c portraits formed by Thomas Kerrich and left to us mainly in 1828. This includes Hans Eworth's famous painting of Mary I, a contemporary portrait of Henry VII and the earliest known image of Richard III. There are also some interesting portraits of the early officers of the Society from the 17c and 18c which are used as a basis for describing how the Society was founded and its early history. Many other artefacts are displayed, including furniture from the Society's original premises at Somerset House, among them the President's chair; William Morris' sofa; prints, paintings, architectural drawings and the Bosworth Cross, a relic of the famous battle.
We meet for tea and coffee at 10:00h, and our tour starts at 10:30, led by Anthony Davis, who is a qualified guide and Member of the Society. We finish at about noon.
Web site: https://www.sal.org.uk/