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Founders of the Royal Geographical Society

8 People in sitter grouping:

Like many societies of its time, The Royal Geographical Society was formed through the select members of a dining club, who met to debate current scientific ideas and issues. Named the Geographical Society of London in 1830, it was granted its Royal Charter under Queen Victoria in 1859 and the society has continued to promote the advancement of geographical sciences ever since. It is strongly associated with colonial explorations of Africa, the Indian subcontinent and polar expeditions. The 20th Century saw many developments; in 1913 the ban on female members was lifted, it funded the subject's first positions at Oxford and Cambridge and introduced the subject into schools. Since 1913, the society has been located in Lowther Lodge, in London's South Kensington.

Sir John Barrow, 1st Bt

Writer; founder of the Royal Geographical Society
Sitter in 6 portraits

John Britton

Antiquary and topographer
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 6 portraits

John Cam Hobhouse, Baron Broughton de Gyfford

Statesman and friend of Byron
Sitter in 28 portraits

Robert Brown

Sitter in 9 portraits

Mountstuart Elphinstone

Indian statesman
Sitter in 7 portraits

William Jerdan

Sitter in 7 portraits

Sir Roderick Impey Murchison, 1st Bt

Geologist and geographer
Sitter in 22 portraits

William Henry Smyth

Admiral and scientific writer
Sitter in 3 portraits