Apothecaries Hall City of London antique print. Antique print of Apothecaries Hall, the Livery Hall of the Worshipful company of Apothecaries, from ‘Metropolitan Improvements or London in the Nineteenth Century.’ Published in London by James Elmes, M.R.I.A. Illustrated with engravings by Thomas H. Shepherd, mostly recording the Regency architecture of the period. Here portraying the Livery Hall of the Worshipful Company of Apothecaries. Historically, Livery Companies were charged with maintaining standards in their particular trade or profession. They were (and still are) charitable organisations, with many maintaining ‘alms houses, ‘ educational trusts, research into issues connected with the livery’s aims, and numerous other charitable activities. Liveries are usually governed by a Master, Wardens and Court whose ordinances are implemented by a Clerk to the Company. In order to be a Liverymen it is first necessary to be a Freeman of the City of London. Members of Livery companies are greatly involved in the governance of the City of London Corporation. This includes the election of the Sheriffs and Lord Mayor of London, the senior elected members of the City of London Corporation. Shepherd’s prints are usually dated in the plate between 1827 – 1830. This steel engraved antique print is from an edition published in 1830.