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Ackermann Rudolf



Ackermann Rudolf

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Rudolph Ackermann (April 20, 1764–March 30, 1834) was an Anglo-German inventor and publisher.

He was born at Schneeberg, in Saxony, where he attended the Latin school. His wish to study at the university was made impossible by lack of financial means, and he therefore became a saddler like his father.

He was a saddler and coach-builder in different German cities, then moved to Paris, and London, where in 1795 he established a print-shop and drawing-school in The Strand. Ackermann set up a lithographic press and begun a trade in copper lithographs. He later began to manufacture colours and thick carton paper for landscape and miniature painters.

In 1817 he applied his press to the illustration of his Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashions, which appeared monthly until 1828, when forty volumes had appeared. Thomas Rowlandson and other distinguished artists were regular contributors. Ackermann's Repository documented the changing classicising fashions in dress and furniture of the Regency. He also introduced the fashion of the once popular Literary Annuals, beginning in 1823 with Forget-me-not; and he published many illustrated volumes of topography and travel, The Microcosm of London (3 vols., 1808-1811), Westminster Abbey (2 vols., 1812), The Rhine (1820), The World in Miniature (43 vols., 1821-1826), etc.

Ackermann was an enterprising man; he patented in 1801 a method for rendering paper and cloth waterproof and erected a factory in Chelsea to make it. He was one of the first to illuminate his own premises with gas. Indeed the introduction of lighting by gas owed much to him. After the Battle of Leipzig, Ackermann collected nearly a quarter of a million pounds sterling for the German casualties. He also patented the Ackermann steering geometry.


This original engraving of The Revd Doctor Syntax (Thomas Rowlandson,1756-1827)  was published in January 1823 by Rudolf Ackermann (1764-1834) of 101 Strand, London - one of the leading quality publishers of the day.



Rudolf Ackermann, History of Oxford

Early 19th Century Aquatint Prints of Oxford



Augustus Charles Pugin and Thomas Rowlandson, illustration to Rudolph Ackermann’s 'Microcosm of London' - The Charing Cross Pillory


Rudolf Ackermann, William COMBE, Augustus PUGIN. Microcosm of London; or, London in Miniature.


A view of Rudolph Ackermann's London art gallery, called The Repository of Arts. Ackerman expanded on the gallery name for the title of his magazine. This plate was included in the first issue of Ackermann's magazine, published in January, 1809.


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