1823 - ?

The Artists’ Society and Langham Sketching Club, possibly the oldest of its type in the UK, commenced in 1823 when a group of artists met in a rough stable yard in Grays Inn Lane 'For General Study from the Life'. The Society was formalised later in 1830. In the early 1800s many artists’ societies were in existence, their main purpose was to promote exhibitions and at that time, several passionate artists felt that there was a need for a society where professional men could develop life drawing, improve work standards, and meet in the company of like-minded artists, an ‘academie’ of the old sort. This group of artists were in fact sowing the seed for The Langham as we know it today. While The Club had already begun to welcome female guests, there had not been an opportunity to formalise their membership. In keeping with the times while continuing to honour the club’s generous benefactor Francis W Reckitt, lady members were officially incorporated into The Club in 2018. Today there are equal numbers of men and women who enjoy the convivial and friendly atmosphere that the membership cherish. For many years, The Langham met weekly at Dilke Street, the home of their historically linked society, the London Sketch Club. Since 2021 the Society has met in the Upper Hall at St. Columba’s, Pont Street, SW1.