The brainchild of the Irish statesman and writer Sir John Wilson Croker, the painter Sir Thomas Lawrence and others, the Athenaeum Club was founded in 1824 with its own purpose-built premises on Pall Mall. It was intended as a club for men involved in scientific, literary or artistic endeavours, and among its first members were Sir Humphrey Davy and Michael Faraday. It was later to include Charles Dickens and W. H. Thackeray among its members, and was the site for the reconciliation of their twelve-year estrangement in 1863, when Thackeray's health was failing.
Editors. "Athenaeum Club". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
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