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‘Society of Snobs’

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter refers to William Shipley, who had benefited from the aid of the Royal Society of Arts' first two presidents, Viscount Folkestone and Lord Romney, for his visions to be taken seriously ... More


Exciting an Emulation

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0002
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter discusses the Royal Society of Arts' promotion of commerce. It traces trade in the eighteenth century, which was closely tied to the coercive power of the state and was one of the ... More


A System to Force down the General Throat

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter begins with the opening of the Great Exhibition on 1 May 1851, which attracted six million visitors, a tenth of the entire population of Great Britain. It recounts how Henry Cole managed ... More


Prestige and Profit: The Royal Society of Arts

B. Zorina Khan

in Inventing Ideas: Patents, Prizes, and the Knowledge Economy

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
June 2020
ISBN:
9780190936075
eISBN:
9780190936112
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190936075.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Development, Growth, and Environmental, Economic History

The Royal Society of Arts offered honorary and cash awards for creativity. The society initially was averse to patents and prohibited the award of prizes for patented inventions. Inventors of items ... More


An Education for the Whole People

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0008
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter emphasizes Henry Cole and Prince Albert's intention to create a top-down system of industrial education, as seen in countries like France. It discusses how Cole sought to align the Great ... More


Rise of the Managers

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0011
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter analyzes why the Royal Society of Arts never had a permanent function but was instead meant to find new things to improve. It discusses the utilitarian-supported reforms of the late ... More


For the Masses, by the Masses

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0006
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter describes the economic policy that the Royal Society of Arts has operated in since its founding in 1754. It describes the mercantilist operations of the Society in which they assumed ... More


Peculiar Genius

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

The chapter draws attention to the Anti-French sentiment in Britain that reached a fever pitch in 1756 when the two nations embarked on the Seven Years' War. It narrates how the Association of ... More


A Society against Ugliness

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0009
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter examines the Great Exhibition of 1851, which is considered an industrial audit of the world that included exhibits from Britain's empire and other foreign nations. It talks about the ... More


Furious Brainstorming

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0012
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter analyzes the Royal Society of Arts' renewed openness to ideas in the mid-1970s, which was led by its secretary, Christopher Lucas. It also mentions Arthur Aikin, who pioneered the ... More


Jack of All Trades

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0004
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter describes the Royal Society of Arts' founders by 1754, which had largely been aristocrats, clergymen, and natural philosophers, with the middle classes overwhelmingly represented by ... More


Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Anton Howes

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

From its beginnings in a coffee house in the mid-eighteenth century, the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce has tried to improve British life in every way ... More


The Greatest Beauty for the Greatest Number

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0005
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter introduces Henry Cole, who was heavily influenced by the ideas of the philosopher Jeremy Bentham and became the conduit for utilitarianism into the Royal Society of Arts. It analyzes ... More


Building a Social Movement?

Anton Howes

in Arts and Minds: How the Royal Society of Arts Changed a Nation

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780691182643
eISBN:
9780691201900
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691182643.003.0013
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

This chapter draws attention to the Special Activities Committee of the Royal Society of Arts. It mentions the institution of the Benjamin Franklin Medal, which was originally intended to be ... More


Graven Images

Timothy Alborn

in All That Glittered: Britain's Most Precious Metal from Adam Smith to the Gold Rush

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780190603519
eISBN:
9780190603540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190603519.003.0010
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History, British and Irish Early Modern History

Issues of status and class appeared with new twists when gold took the form of ancient coins and modern medals. The discovery of buried gold often pitted working-class finders, whose rational ... More


Conclusion

Carla J. Mulford

in Benjamin Franklin and the Ends of Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780199384198
eISBN:
9780199384211
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199384198.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

Benjamin Franklin was America’s first Atlantic world intellectual. Inquisitive, energetic, and competitive, he learned about and was proud of his British family and intellectual heritage, British ... More


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