Jane Austen fans know Rudolph Ackerman’s name through the exquisite hand colored illustrations and fashion plates that populate Regency blogs, websites, illustrated histories, and publications. A German who arrived in England in the late 18th century, Rudolph set up a print shop in the Strand, London in 1795, and began publishing The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashion and Politics in 1809. Before his death in 1834 he had published an astonishing 300 books.
Learn more about Mr. Ackermann from Margaret Culbertson from the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in Engines of Our Ingenuity. You can read the text or listen.
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