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Microcosm of London (London: R. Ackermann, [1808]), vol. 1
Microcosm of London (London: R. Ackermann, [1808]), vol. 1
Date:
1808
Location:
Not on display
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Media:
Book With Hand-colored Etched Aquatint Plates
Dimensions:
35.2 x 28 x 4.5 cm (object)
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Continent:
Europe

The Microcosm of London was the finest of the color plate books published by Rudolph Ackermann, and arguably one of the finest of its type. The illustrations are a collaboration between Thomas Rowlandson (the figures) and Augustus Charles Pugin (the architecture). The plates were etched by Rowlandson before the aquatint was added by one of the specialist printmakers working for Ackermann. The finished impressions were then carefully hand-colored by a highly skilled team, working to an original colored copy by Rowlandson. The ingenious pairing of the two distinct artists by Ackermann has created illustrations that are full of the life and vigor of the city, without sacrificing any of the architectural and topographical detail that the audience for this work would have expected.