Members of the National Club, cultivating various skilful and manly exercises. at the Stadium at Chelsea, being a British Arena, for such pursuits. [&] Dr. Mead.
[n.d. c.1831.] [&] [n.d. c1816.]
Sheet with lithograph and stipple. 482 x 330mm. 19 x 13".
In 1831 Charles Random de Berenger, self-styled Baron de Beaufain & Baron de Berenger, turned Cremorne House and grounds into a National Club for athletics, known as the Stadium. Unprofitable, in the 1840s it was changed into a pleasure gardens, with mock tournaments, pony races, banqueting halls, theatre, an American-style bowling saloon, and staged circus acts, balloon ascents and firework displays. It was De Berenger who had instigated the 'Great Stock Exchange Fraud' of 1814, which resulted in Admiral Thomas Cochrane's disgrace, keeping him out of the Royal Navy from 1814-32. [&] Dr Richard Mead (1673-1754) physician to George I, George II, Sir Isaac Newton and Robert Walpole. He encouraged the introduction of inoculation against the smallpox and was a great philanthropist and one of the first governors of the Foundling Hospital. He was also an unrivalled collector, whose old master paintings and ancient sculpture were available for study at his house in Great Ormond Street.
Longford [Images of Chelsea]: 357. [&] In the National Library of Medicine.
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