ATHENAEUM, JUNIOR, the, No.116, Piccadilly, was originated in 1864, and consists of members of both houses of Parliament, members of the Universities, fellows of the learned and scientific societies, or gentlemen connected with literature, science, and art. The device adopted by the Club is the Bird of Minerva, a copy of the reverse of the drachma of the Greeks.
John Timbs, Curiosities of London, 1867
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Junior Athenaeum Club, Piccadilly, W., occupies the house once inhabited by the late Duke of Newcastle, and built at extraordinary cost by his father-in-law, the late Mr. Adrian Hope. Members of both Houses of Parliament, members of the universities, fellows of the learned and scientific Societies, and gentlemen connected with literature, science, and art are eligible for election. The members elect by ballot. “No ballot shall be valid unless at least twenty members actually vote. One black ball shall annul ten votes, a tie shall exclude.” Entrance fee, £31 10s.; annual subscription, £10 10s.
Charles Dickens (Jr.), Dickens's Dictionary of London, 1879