The South End Of St. James's Street, The New Club House, And St. James's Palace. (On A Drawing-Room Day)
Stationers' Almanack 1846.
Steel engraving, sheet 250 x 450mm. 9¾ x 17¾". Trimmed within plate. Horizontal centre crease. Small tear upper left.
View of the south end of St James's Street and St James's Palace. The street is full of pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages and military figures. Engraved for the Stationers' Almanack. Founded in August 1837, the year Queen Victoria acceded to the Throne, the Club was formed to meet the needs of the many army officers wanting to join a Service Club, most of which were already full. The great Duke of Wellington said he would become neither a patron nor a Member unless membership was also offered to officers of the Royal Navy and Royal Marines. Hence, the "Army Club" became the Army and Navy Club. The Stationers' Company had published the Stationers' Almanack since 1747, a single-sheet which consisted of calendar text set out beneath an engraved headpiece that recorded significant events of the preceeding year.
[Ref: 9987] £190.00