Athenaeum Club

(91 words)
  • Editors

Literary/ Cultural Context Note

  • The Literary Encyclopedia. Volume : .

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.

Please log in to consult the article in its entirety. If you are a member (student of staff) of a subscribing institution (see List), you should be able to access the LE on campus directly (without the need to log in), and off-campus either via the institutional log in we offer, or via your institution's remote access facilities, or by creating a personal user account with your institutional email address. If you are not a member of a subscribing institution, you will need to purchase a personal subscription. For more information on how to subscribe as an individual user, please see under Individual Subcriptions.

Editors. "Athenaeum Club". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2013
[, accessed 29 November 2015.]