The Arundel Society 1848 - 1897.
Founded in 1848 and named after the connoisseur and collector Thomas Howard, second Earl of Arundel and Surrey. The society was originally the idea of the lawyer Bellenden Ker and was founded at a meeting in the house of the painter Charles Eastlake PRA, attended by Eastlake, Ker, Giovanni Aubrey Bezzi, and Edmund Oldfield. The society's purpose was to promote knowledge of the art works of the old Italian, Flemish, and other European masters. Much of the work of the society consisted of publishing chromolithographs of Italian art works, especially fresco paintings, of earlier centuries and raising public awareness for the preservation of these works. The society was discontinued in 1897.