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A complete set of hand-coloured aquatint views of London from The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politic.

London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1809-1828.
See Tooley, pp. 25-47; Abbey, Life, 212
London: Rudolph Ackermann, 1809-1828.

111 loose hand-coloured aquatint plates (140 x 220 mm, several folding out to 220 x 255 mm); a few inoffensive minor spots to the margins; preserved in a blue purpose built cloth box with two morocco lettering-pieces on spine. These are the London-related topographical plates, masterly executed and coloured, resulting in what can be described as the finest and most atmospheric plates illustrating Regency London, including some interiors and naturally Rudolph Ackermann’s shop. 76 of these plates were re-issued in John B. Papworth’s Select Views of London in 1816. Rudolph Ackermann, a saddler originally from Saxony, became a busy entrepreneur, inventor of a new carriage steering system, still in use today, and was one of the first to illuminate his premises with gas. "The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politic" was one huge and successful publishing project, documenting the change of fashion, interiors and architecture in 40 highly illustrated volumes. Coloured plates in order: 1. Charing Cross looking up the Strand. 2. Highgate Archway. 3. Pall Mall. 4. The City Basin, Regent's Canal. 5. The Crescent, Portland Place. 6. Vauxhall Bridge. 7. View of London Bridge. 8. St. James's Square. 9. Royal Exchange. 10. Mr. Blades Upper Show Room. 11. Bullock's Museum at Piccadilly. 12. St. James's Palace. 13. Polito's Royal Menagerie, Exeter Exchange, Strand. 14. Bridge Street. Blackfriars. 15. The Monument. 16. Tottenham-Court Road Turnpike & St. James's Chapel. 17. A View of St. Dunstan's Church, Fleet Street. 18. Warwick House. The Residence of her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Wales. 19. Russell Institution, Great Corum Street. 20. Auction Mart Coffee Room. 21. Interior View of the Bank. 22. The Hall of the Auction Mart. 23. Whitehall Chapel. 24. A View of Whitehall & The Horse Guards. 25. Lansdowne House, Berkley Square. 26. Ironmonger hall. 27. Whitehall Yard. (from the Street opposite the Horse Guards.) 28. Lincoln's Inn Fields coming in from Great Queen Street. 29. The Bason, in the Green Park, St. James's. 30. View of Piccadilly, from the Hyde Park Turnpike. 31. The Hall at the Royal Academy, Somerset House. 32. British Museum, New Building. 33. A North View of the India House, Leadenhall Street. 34. Saloon to the Private Boxes, Covent Garden Theatre. 35. Westminster Abbey & St. Margarets. 36. South View of the Bank. 37. Theatre Royal Covent Garden. From Bow Street. 38. Bank of England., from Cateaton Street. 39. Royal Hospital of St. Catherine's. Regents Park. 40. Cockspur Street. (Looking towards the Haymarket.) 41. Pall Mall East. 42. R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 96 Strand. 43. Bullock's Museum, Piccadilly. 44. Group of Villas on Herne Hill, Camberwell. 45. The New Street looking towards the Quadrant. 46. Waterloo Place, looking towards Carlton Place. 47. West Entrance to the Tunnel, Regent's canal, Islington. 48. View of the Italian Opera House. 49. Regent Street, from Waterloo Place. 50. Regent Street looking toward the Quadrant. 51. Langham Place & Portland Place. 52. Regent Street. 53. Charles Street, looking East. 54. Charles Street. 55. View of the Quadrant, Regent Street. 56. View of Westminster Abbey. Shewing the manner in which it was fitted up at the Coronation. 57. Royal Waterloo Bath. 58. New Bethlehem Hospital, St. George's Fields. 59. The Westminster Penitentiary. 60. part of the Ruins of the Savoy in 1816. 61. Somerset House and the New Church; Strand, taken from the Morning Post Office. 62. Carleton House. 63. The Banqueting House. 64. The New Custom House. 65. St. John's Church, Westminster, from the River. 66. Christ Church - Spitalfields. 67. Leicester Square from Leicester Place. 68. Blackfriars Bridge, from the Strand Bridge. 69. St. Stephen's Chapel & Speaker's House, from Westminster Bridge. 70. Mercer's Hall. 71. Town Hall, Southwark. 72. Portland Place. 73. Oxford Street & entrance into Stafford Place. 74. St. Martin's-in-the-Fields. 75. Lunatic Hospital of St. Luke's. 76. Buckingham Stairs Water Gate, from the River. 77. View of the Bridge & Pagoda, St. James's Park...(folding plate) 78. Cold Bath Fields Prison. 79. The Old Bailey. 80. Messrs. Lackington Allen & Co. Temple of The Muses, Finsbury Square. 81. Messrs. Morgan & Sanders, Catherine St, Strand. 82. Messrs. Harding Howell & Co. 89 Pall Mall. 83. Ackermann's Repository of Arts, 101 Strand. 84. Wedgwood & Byerley, York Street, St James's Square. 85. Mr. Ross's Room. Bishopsgate Street. 86. Messrs. Pellatt & Green, St. Paul's Church Yard. 87. St. Leonard, Shoreditch. 88. St. Paul's Cathedral, West Front. 89. St. Stephen's Church, Walbrook. 90. St. Clement Danes. 91. The Pantheon. 92. Montague House - now the British Museum. 93. North Side of Grosvenor Square. 94. Berkeley Square. 95. Portman Square, North Side. 96. Manchester Square. North Side. 97. Cheapside. 98. The London Commercial Sale Rooms, Mark Lane. 99. View of Cornhill, Lombard Street & Mansion House. 100. Cavendish Square, North Side. 101. Tyburn Turnpike. 102. New Drury Lane Theatre. 103. George Street, Hanover Square. 104. Soho Square. 105. Queen Square. 106. Ackermann's Library, for Works of Art. (folding plate) 107. The Conservatory at Carlton House. (folding plate) 108. Southwark Bridge. (folding plate) 109. View of the Temple of Concord in the Green Park...(folding plate) **duplicate plate** 110. Carlton House. (folding plate) 111. The Staircase at Carlton House. (folding plate)