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Diplomas of honorary membership

  • Royal Jennerian Society
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Jenner family and associated individuals
  • Archives and manuscripts

About this work


Diplomas of honorary membership. The diplomas were issued to recipients likely to make a financial contribution to the Society. They are printed, with the name of the recipient and the date added in manuscript. The design by [James] George Oben portrays an arch bearing the date 1817, surmounted by the royal arms and decorated with the arms of honorary members. Through the arch a prospect of London is visible. In front of the arch is a statue of Jenner treading down a serpent representing smallpox. On the plinth are shown children receiving the benefit of vaccination originating from a cow. Some items bear paper seals showing Jenner between four cows, with St Paul's and a naval scene in the background.



Physical description

29 items Various sizes (largest, probably as issued, 550 × 380 mm.).

Acquisition note

Collected from various sources.

Finding aids

Database description taken from that in: Richard Palmer, Catalogue of Western Manuscripts in the Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine: Western Manuscripts 5120-6244 (London: The Wellcome Library for the History & Understanding of Medicine, 1999).


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