OWEN Richard - Autograph Letter Signed 1867 to the Hunterian Society
Richard OWEN (1804-1892)Autograph Letter in the third person to the “Dr. Notherley &c & Hon. Sec.” of the Hunterian Society, accepting an invitation.
1 page 8vo, British Museum, 26 January 1867.
“Professor Owen presents his best respects to the President, Vice-Presidents & Council of the Hunterian Society and accepts with pleasure the invitation with which he has been honoured to dinner at the London Tavern, February 15th.”
Richard Owen is today most famous for having coined the word “dinosaurian” and as the driving force in the establishment of London’s Natural History Museum. His detailed knowledge of anatomy which proved the foundation of his work on fossils began with his work at the Hunterian Collection at the Royal College of Surgeons where he prepared a series of catalogues. He was appointed Hunterian Professor at the Royal College of Surgeons in 1836.
The London Tavern, in Bishopsgate, was a popular venue for meetings of various learned, charitable and political societies for over a century before it was demolished in 1876.
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