Ackermann, Rudolph: Ball Dress

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Date of Printing: 1823 • Medium: Copperplate Engraving (hand colored)     • Subject Category: Social & Historical Settings   • Signed: Unsigned    • Period Created: Romantic (1800 - 1899)     • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 22 x 14• Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 22 x 14• Style: Original Vintage   • Print on Verso: Blank on verso  • Condition: Good  • Edition Type: Limited Edition   • Paper Type: Unbleached Cotton Rag    • Framed: Print only

Hand coloured etching, from "R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts", July 1, 1823. This shows a beautiful pink ball gown draped on a woman of the early 1800s, and its neo-classical infuence is evident. Hand colored etching. There are glue markings on the far left side, though this should not be visible with matting. Glue markings on verso.

Ackermann's Repository of Arts was an illustrated British periodical published from 1809-1829 by Rudolph Ackermann. Although commonly called Ackermann's Repository, or, simply Ackerman's, the formal title of the journal was Repository of arts, literature, commerce, manufactures, fashions, and politics, and it did, indeed cover all of these fields. In its day, it had great influence on English taste in fashion, architecture, and literature. Ackermann employed Frederic Shoberl from the third issue in 1809 to 1828 when Shoberl moved on to similar projects.

The last issue of the original Repository, published in December 1828, stated that the following year a new magazine would take its place. This new magazine, titled The Repository of Fashion, focused solely on fashion and was illustrated with a number of hand-colored and black-and-white plates. However, the last known issue of this new periodical was in September 1829. It is believed that soon thereafter, The Repository of Fashion was merged into La Belle Assemblée.