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Ackermann Aquatints 1.

 

Rudolph Ackermann Aquatints mainly from Microcosm

Rudolph Ackermann(1764-1834) pioneered lithography and produced some of the best early colourprinting in Britain, publishing numerous fine illustrated volumes, and magazines .He was born on April 20, 1764 in Stolberg. Apprenticed tohis father a coach-builder, he moved first to Dresden, then to Paris and eventually to London whilst still working at coach-building. In1795 he married and set up a print shop at 96 The Strand, moving the following year to 101 The Strand. He had already taken over a drawing school originally established at this address by William Shipley, the founder of the Society of Arts, and maintained it until 1806. The first major colourplate book he published was The Microcosm of London; (or London in Miniature) which appeared in monthly parts between 1808 and 1810. Printed on hot-pressed handmade paper, books were illustrated using coloured aquatints. The architectural backgrounds were drawn by Augustus Pugin and the figures were drawn by Thomas Rowlandson. Ackermann originally planned to issuethe book in twenty-four numbers at 7/6d a number, but he soon found himself obliged to raise the price to 10/6d, and the number of parts totwenty-six. Successful production techniques and methods of marketing by subscription prompted him to follow the same plan with his next publications. For the reproduction of the drawings by Pugin and Rowlandson, five different engravers were used to produce the plates:fifty-four by J. Bluck, twenty-nine by J.C. Stadler, ten by T. Sutherland, ten by J. Hill and one by Harraden. From 1790 . . 1830 the principle process in book illustration was aquatint engraving. Once the drawing and the engraving had been made, the colour process began. The engravings might be printed in two colours, perhaps brown for the foreground and blue for the sky and distance, the remaining colour would be applied by hand. Ackermann employed colourists and engravers at his 'Repository of Arts' but like most publishers he would also have used pieceworkers. Bundles of sheets to be coloured would be distributed to workers who would do the work in their own homes. Oftenthe work was done by children, but sometimes whole families would work together at home by candlelight.Handcolouring can save money when printing large plates although people like Ackermann stressed the high cost of hand finishing. He used poorly paid French refugees and later hand coloured plate producers used children and stencils. 



Carlton House Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour. ... first appeared in London in 1809 as a monthly publication Dated 1811 at 101 Strand Image 230 x 28 cm so Full margins ! £105 . . . . .

 


The Hall Carlton House. Pall Mall, London. Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour. ... first appeared in London in 1809 as a monthly publication Dated 1811 at 101 Strand Image 230 x 28 cmedge tear to title will mount out unmounted at £65


Carlton House. Pall Mall, London. Rowlandson & Pugin del et Sculpt. J.C. Stadler Aquat. London, Pub. Full page original antique aquatint from  Ackermann's famous work, the 'Microcosm of London', the figures were drawn by the famous caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson and the architecture by Augustus Pugin, ... first appeared in London in 1809 as a monthly publication Dated 1811 at 101 Strand Image 230 x 28 cm. In addition to the impression in Select Views(Papworth) City of Westminster Library have three versions of this print, one of the outline etching only; one with outline etching and aquatint, uncoloured; and one with the outline etching and aquatint coloured Coloured aquatint. full borders /full page £125 Image 32 x 13 cm Page 54 x 36 cm so Full margins ! £105


34. Russell Institution, Great Coram Street Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour. ... first appeared in London in 1809 as a monthly publication Dated 1811 at 101 Strand Image 230 x 28 cm ! £95




101. South Sea House, Dividend Hall /Threadneedle Street /EC2
Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour. he image is The Long Room, Custom House. This is the earlier sepia aquatint as sold £95 good margins let ito a larger sheet of paper 'window' style to protect it probably years ago

 


53. Lottery Drawing, Coopers Hall /EC2
Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour. .. perfect no defects price inc postage £125 x 6 ( 1 in wash lined mount)

 

47. King's Mews, Charing Cross /WC
Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour.. .. perfect no defects framed with washlined mount etc price inc postage £125


63. The Post Office
Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour. .. perfect no defects framed with washhh lined mount etc price inc postage £105


96. Workhouse, St. James's Parish
Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour. . .. perfect no defects framed with washlined mount etc price inc postage £125


83. Tattersall's Horse Repository Vol 3/SW
Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour. . Condition still bright framed at present  . this one is by Sutherland . This series of prints is Series 99 as catalogued in London Illustrated 1604-1851 by Bernard Adams..full page good margins, good colour mounted etc £95

 

View of Rugby School from the Northampton Road . . . . from The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paulís, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christís Hospital. London: Printed for and Published by Rudolph ACKERMANN, 1816. First edition. 34 x 28cm . The original drawings for these plates were by Westall. The actual engraving was done by Havell and Stadler, with a few plates by Bluck and Bennett. Here again it may be noticed that many of the aquatints are printed in two colours before being finished by hand**These are very good colour but have been laid to card almost since new with a layer of old dried gum and mark from framing around the plate mark but still mega rare t** £65 each inc


The Head Master's House Rugby . . . . from The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton, and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the Schools of St. Paulís, Merchant Taylors, Harrow, and Rugby, and the Free-School of Christís Hospital. London: Printed for and Published by Rudolph ACKERMANN, 1816. First edition. 34 x 28cm . The original drawings for these plates were by Westall. The actual engraving was done by Havell and Stadler, with a few plates by Bluck and Bennett. Here again it may be noticed that many of the aquatints are printed in two colours before being finished by hand**These are very good colour but have been laid to card almost since new with a layer of old dried gum and mark from framing around the plate mark but still mega rare** £65 each inc
Full set framed  £ 255 inc but cannot be sent glazed to the USA/Canada
 


Staines Bridge.
Plate No. 9 (Nos. in prefix list, not on plates) page 112 Staines Bridge. W. Westall A.R.A. delt. C. Bentley sculpt. Published 1828 by R.Ackermann, 96 Strand, London. 177 x 263mm. from WESTALL AND OWEN'S PICTURESQUE TOUR OF THE THAMES (1828) Samuel Owen, (1768..1857). was a marine painter who exhibited at the RA from 1794 to 1807 & the AA 1808-10. Published "Picturesque Tour of the Thames" with Westall, & illustrated WB Cooke's "The Thames" in 1811.£135 in cream mount inc. . .better colour than pic lightened to show details
 

 Salmon Fishing at Lurley pub1820 Original antique aquatint published in 1809  produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Original hand colour.  £88


The Horse Armoury at the Tower /EC3
Original antique aquatint published in 1809 produced to accompany Rudolph Ackermann’s great part-work “Microcosm of London” published 1808-10. The partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were  by engraved J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler. Size  approx. 200 x 260 mm. Oiginal hand colour.  .. good margins, good colour £95Condition some age staining from the old wooden backboard framed at present £60


98. Chelsea Hospital ./SW
from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . . good margins, good colour  £90 slight  edge tear almost to image smaller borders x 2


48. Lambeth Palace ./SW
from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . .. good margins, good colour  £95 x 4 . . . 1  @  single ;foxing mark to border , 1  @  single ;foxing mark to edge of image


16. The Roman Catholic Chapel, Lincoln's Inn Fields . . ..Interior. Former Sardinian Embassy Chapel rebuilt after destruction in Gordon Riots, 1780. /WC2from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . .. perfect no defects  price inc postage £95 x 5


12. Pass-Room Bridewell /EC4

from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . ..  good colour   £95  x 3  slightly smaller margins small edge tear

51. Egyption Hall, Mansion House /EC4
from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . .. perfect no defects  good colour   £80  x 5

99. Military College, Chelsea /SW from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . .full page good margins, good colour mounted etc £115 x 2


90. St, Stephen's Walbrook /EC4 from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . .full page good margins, good colour  £95 x 3
 

10. The Hall, Blue Coat School . .. Christ's Hospital.  /EC1 from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . .full page good  margins, good colour £105 x 2
 


5. Dining Hall, Asylum . .. . .@ Lambeth./SW
from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808 and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographical prints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and Thomas Rowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . .. good margins, good colour   £95 x 4

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