The Sublime Society of Beefsteaks
The Sublime society of Beefsteaks was set up in 1735 by John Rich, William Hogarth and George Lambert in a back room of what is now the Royal Opera House. The theatre Royal was extremely popular with playrights, actors, musicians, nobility and well to do individuals- it was THE place to be in 18th C London.
Only 24 people or 'brothers' were allowed to be members. It became so popular, with the rules so adheered to that the then Prince of Wales (the future king, George IV) was placed on the waiting list before being admitted!
The society was all about the Englishman's love of Beef and the power that this embodiment gave to the British people.
Since the battle of Agincourt, the French had feared our consumption, Shakespeares Famous Line about this battle 'Would I were in an alehouse in London! I would give all my fame for a pot of ale, and safety. Men of few words are the best men. Give them great meals of beef and iron and steel, they will eat like wolves and fight like devils.
The French nicname 'RosBeef' for the English came from our Love of Beef.
The Sublime society of Beefsteaks was in stark contrast to the other Beef clubs springing up after it's success. It's members saw themselves as down to earth men of the people, they wore simple clothes and adheered to a very strict protocol. It was all about Red meat, strong port, Singing and poetry.
The Sublime Society of Beefsteaks has seen some very famous people as it's members. King George IV, John Kemble, David Garrick, William Hogarth It still sits today, monthly and adheers to the same customs as was set up nearly 300 years ago.
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