Royal Jennerian Society Honorary Diploma, 1826.
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Honorary Diploma of the Royal Jennerian Society designed by G Oben and granted to the Reverend M F Routh in 1826. The Royal Jennerian Society was established in 1803, following Edward Jenner's (1749-1823) succesful experiments in the 1790s, to give vaccinations on a wide scale. The President of the Society at this time was the Duke of Wellington (1769-1852). The diploma lists patrons of the society, including Everard Home, Matthew Baillie, William Babington, Astley Cooper and Benjamin Travers. On the left is a statue of Jenner holding a dead snake representing Jenner conquering smallpox. Through the arch is a view of the City of London.