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Rudolph Ackermann Aquatints from the Microcosm 2

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. 




Court of Common Pleas
The Court of Common Pleas, or Common Bench, was a common law court in the English legal system that covered "common pleas"; actions between subject and subject, which did not concern the king. Created in the late 12th to early 13th century after splitting from the Exchequer of Pleas, the Common Pleas served as one of the central English courts for around 600 years. Authorised by the Magna Carta to sit in a fixed location, the Common Pleas sat in Westminster Hall for its entire existence, joined by the Exchequer of Pleas and Court of King's Bench..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   £125 scarcer item mounted, matted inc delivery lightly toned ie paper is not creamy white



Great Subscription Room at Brooks's, St. James's Street. Brooks's is one of London's most exclusive gentlemen's clubs, founded in 1764 by 27 men, including four dukes. From its inception, it was the meeting place for Whigs of the highest social order.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   £185 scarcer item mounted, matted inc delivery

77. St. Luke's Hospital. . . Interior. Old Street. / EC2 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 2

91. Watch House, St. Mary le Bone /W 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   £85  x 4:+ 1 @ margin tear(repaired), 1 @ water  mark to page edge, 2 @  small mark to margin

57. Newgate Chapel /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 . .. good margins, good colour   £95  x 2:- ,1 @   foxing mark to page edge @ £80

37. Foundling Hospital, The Chapel /WC
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 8

second  . .. good margins, good colour   edge tear to edge of image very light toning  £35

61. Philanthropic Society, The Chapel . . ..Interior in Bermondsey./SE 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 5 ( one with edge tear almost to image @ £80)


Interior of Harrow Church

No 38 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 £85 full page 1 cm edge tear to page edge but full page so vast margins


Surrey Institution

No 38 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 £85 cut down page still good margins


Hall of `Charter House

Original Hand-Coloured Aquatint, Published for R. Ackermann's History of The Charter House . 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. by havell . .. full page, good colour £95

Freemasons Hall Great Queen Street

No 38 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 £60 mucky margins some marginal age soiling


Common Council Chamber Guildhall

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 £80 some marginal age soiling


84. Temple Church /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 margins, good colour £95 x4
 

94. Westminster Hall /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 loss of left corner


94. Westminster Hall /SW 2

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 £105 mounted, matted


14. The Hall and Stair Case, British Museum /WC 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


78. St. Margarets, Westminster /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 some age toning mounted etc £95 x 2

54. Magdelen Chapel . . . .Interior of Magdalen House, St George's Fields. / W2
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 some age toning mounted etc £95 x 3

Interior of Christ Church /EC1
Labelled as from 'History of Christ Hospital ' and dated in plate as 1810 but cannot be traced as a separate item so probably from 'The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow and Rugby, and the free-school of Christ's Hospital.' published 1816 . Artists included Pugin, Nash and Westall , the engraving was carried out by Stadler, Buck, Havell amongst others. The plates are chiefly of interior views with illustrations of gowned scholars.



Grammar School of Christ Church /EC1
Labelled as from 'History of Christ Hospital ' and dated in plate as 1810 but cannot be traced as a separate item so probably from 'The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow and Rugby, and the free-school of Christ's Hospital.' published 1816 . Artists included Pugin, Nash and Westall , the engraving was carried out by Stadler, Buck, Havell amongst others. The plates are chiefly of interior views with illustrations of gowned scholars.


Writing School of Christ Hospital /EC1
Labelled as from 'History of Christ Hospital ' and dated in plate as 1810 but cannot be traced as a separate item so probably from 'The History of the Colleges of Winchester, Eton and Westminster; with the Charter-House, the schools of St. Paul's, Merchant Taylors, Harrow and Rugby, and the free-school of Christ's Hospital.' published 1816 . Artists included Pugin, Nash and Westall , the engraving was carried out by Stadler, Buck, Havell amongst others. The plates are chiefly of interior views with illustrations of gowned scholars.

72. Society of Agriculture 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 . ..smaller borders perfect no defects price inc postage £95


64. Quakers Meeting 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 . .. clore cut small margins, good colour edge tear £85 x 2



71. Society for the Encouragement of Arts..@ the Adelphi /WC
from ACKERMANN'S MICROCOSM OF LONDON (1808) 104 Handcoloured aquatints in three volumes, issued in parts between 1808and 1810. Published by Rudolph Ackermann, this series is of interest in setting a new standard for the figures "staffage" in topographicalprints. This was achieved by an exceptional partnership between Augustus Pugin, who made the architectural drawing, and ThomasRowlandson, who added the figures, frequently caricatures. The majority of the plates were aquatinted by J. Bluck and Joseph Stadler . .. closecut small margins, good colour edge tear repaired £80


80. St. Paul's Cathedral /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 colour £95
 


Doctors' Commons
Doctors' Commons, also called the College of Civilians, was a society of lawyers practising civil law in London. Like the Inns of Court of the common lawyers, the society had buildings with rooms where its members lived and worked, and a large library. Court proceedings of the civil law courts were also held in Doctors' Commons.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   £165 scarcer item mounted, matted inc delivery

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