Royal Jennerian Society MDCCCIII.Kings shall be thy nursing Fathers, and their Queens thy nursing Mothers: Isaiah XLIX. 23. Honorary Diploma. London: [dated in ink '1 March 1827'.] The Governors by an Unanimous Vote did themselves the High Gratification to elect ['The Revd. G. Smith' added in brown ink] An Honorary Member of their Great Royal Establishment. [Signed in ink 'Andw. Johnstone'] LLD Registrar, 52 Burr Street. [Signed in ink 'John Fox'] Secretary No. 22 Bridge St. Blackfriars.
Diploma of membership, signed and dated and completed in ink; etching and engraving, 380 x 320mm. 15 x 12Ĺ". Horizontal centrefold. Soiled.
The Royal Jennerian Society was established in 1803, following Edward Jennerís (1749 - 1823) successful experiments in the 1790s, to give vaccinations on a wide scale. The President of the Society at this time was the Duke of Wellington (1769 - 1852). The diploma lists patrons of the society, including Everard Home, Matthew Baillie, William Babington, Astley Cooper and Benjamin Travers. On the left is a statue of Jenner holding a dead snake representing Jenner conquering smallpox. Through the arch is a view of the City of London. A highly decorative diploma by James George Oben (1779 - 1819). Red seal of the society glued over lower right corner.
For a similar diploma for 1820 see BM: 1866,0407.276.
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