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The Arts Club was founded by Charles Dickens amongst others in 1863 in London as a meeting place primarily for artists and writers. Charles Dickens used his rich imagination, sense of humour and detailed memories, particularly of his childhood, to enliven his fiction. ...

It was a hub of the arts during the Nineteenth Century and, although a social venue, it was known to be a place where influence could be exerted and careers developed. It was seen as the power house behind the dealings of the Royal Academy. Its members and guests included Dickens, Millais, Whistler, Kipling, Monet, Rodin, Degas, Turgenev and Kipling. However, as the arts developed into Modernism, it failed to keep pace and its continuing allegiance to the Academy, gave it a distinctly old-fashioned air. This article refers to an art institution in London. ... It has been suggested that Modernist project be merged into this article or section. ...

As early as 1891 one of its leading members James McNeill Whistler broke away to found the rival Chelsea Arts Club. More recently venues such as the Colony Club and Groucho Club have provided a role which the Arts Club used to. Self portrait James Abbott McNeill Whistler (July 14, 1834 – July 17, 1903) was an American painter and etcher. ... Established in March 21st 1891, the Chelsea Arts Club is one of todays leading art exhibits, featuring over 1600 artists. ... The Groucho Club is a well-known private club in Dean Street, Soho, London. ...

Its original premises were at 17 Hanover Square, Mayfair. After thirty years there, it moved nearby to its current accommodation, an Eighteenth Century town house at 40 Dover Street. It was badly bombed in the Blitz and extensively rebuilt. Various scandals undermined the Club during the last century, including the disappearance of the club silver during refurbishments (the crates when opened were filled with bricks) as well as fifty art works from its collection. Hanover Square, is a square in Queensbury,Bradford, BD1, England Hanover Square, Herne Bay, Canterbury, CT6, England Hanover Square, Macworth, Derby, DE22, England Hanover Square, Kingston upon Hull, HU1, England Hanover Square, Leeds, LS3, England Hanover Square, London, Marylebone, London,W1, England Hanover Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1, Engand Hanover... Mayfair is an area in the City of Westminster London, named after the fortnight-long May Fair that took place there from 1686 until it was banned in that location in 1764. ... Blitz, the German word for lightning, and often used figuratively as in blitzschnell (as fast as lightning), may mean any of a number of things in English: Blitz (NFL Mascot), the mascot of the NFLs Seattle Seahawks Blitzkrieg, the lightning war strategy of WWII Germany The Blitz, the German...

It offers very salubrious facilities, with a discrete drawing room, bar, dining room, bistro and outside garden. There are regular activities and talks from well-known personalities. Membership is usually available on application to the Club Secretary. There is a dress code of "smart casual". Suits and ties are widespread but not obligatory. Membership requirements are a participation or interest in art, literature or science.

Current membership includes a number of prominent Royal Academicians, architects and writers (the Authors Club is now housed at The Arts Club). The Stuckists artists have held meetings and an exhibition at the Club. Sir Peter Blake is a member, as are artists such as Graham Ovenden from the Brotherhood of Ruralists. Stuckism is a British Art Movement of the 1990s and 2000s, founded by Billy Childish and Charles Thomson. ... This article is not about the late New Zealand yachtsman, Sir Peter Blake. ... Graham Ovenden (Born 1943 in Alresford, Hampshire, England); English painter, fine art photographer, writer and architect. ... The Brotherhood of Ruralists is a British art group founded in 1975 to paint nature. ...

See also

A Gentlemens club is a members club, originally for male members of the English upper class. ... See Gentlemens club for an explanation of this particular sort of club. ...


  • Anthony Lejeune, Gentlemen's Clubs of London, (London: Macdonald And Jane's, 1979) (ill. Malcolm Lewis) ISBN 0831738006

External Links

  • The Arts Club web site
  • £1M paintings missing

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Headquartered in the James Monroe House, a National Historic Landmark, the Arts Club of Washington was founded in 1916 and is the oldest non-profit arts organization in the city.
The mission of the Arts Club of Washington is to generate public appreciation for and participation in the arts in the Nation’s capital, through ongoing educational programs that include seminars, literary events, art exhibitions, and musical and theatrical performances.
The Arts Club of Washington, founded in 1916, is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of the arts in the nation’s capital.
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