The Reception of a New Member in the Society of Antiquarians

The Reception of a New Member in the Society of Antiquarians, 1782
Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827)
Pen and ink and watercolour over pencil
23.5 x 37.4 (cm)
Society of Antiquaries of London
 Thomas Rowlandson's watercolour shows Dr Jeremiah Milles (President, 1769-84) in the centre, admitting a new member soon after the Society's move into Somerset House. After suffering a stroke in 1780 which denied him the use of his right arm, Milles shook hands with his left. Rowlandson may have planned an eventual engraving, because in the picture this arrangement of hands has been reversed.
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