Auction Date: 17/10/2017 at 10:30 am
London Institution Bronze Membership Ticket Circa 1820s the Obverse; Seated allegorical figure representing Trade, Science and the Arts etc. Reverse; City of London Arms and stamped members number being 66. Size 42mm diameter. The London Institute established in the City of London in 1807 was situated in impressive Palladian premises at Finsbury Square which were demolished in 1936. It was devoted as its full title proclaimed; “To the advancement of Literature and the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge”. With its extensive lecture programme, splendid reference library, reading rooms, laboratory and other amenities, it provided for its members a scientific and cultural centre, modelled on the fashionable Royal Institute in London’s West End.