Pedestrian Hobbyhorse

Method Aquatint with hand colouring
Artist [Anonymous]
Published No. 38 of R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts &c.Pub.d Feb.y 1. 1819
Dimensions Image 120 x 178 mm, Sheet 144 x 231 mm
Notes A man riding a primitive bicycle by pushing forward on the ground. Baron Karl Drais was the first to patent this 'dandy horse' in 1818 but this is probably a 'pedestrain curricle' of which Denis Johnson made around three hundred when velocipedes were popular in 1819. From "Respository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics", an influential illustrated periodical published from in London from 1809-1829 by Rudolph Ackermann.

Rudolph Ackermann (1764 - 1834) was a lithographer and publisher born in Saxony. He moved to London in 1787 and later established a business as a coachmaker at 7 Little Russell Street, Covent Garden. In 1796, having already published the first of many books of carriage designs, he moved to 96 Strand where he ran a drawing school for ten years. The following year, Ackermann moved to 101 Strand (known, from 1798, as The Repository of Arts) where he sold old master paintings and artists' supplies as well as prints. In 1803, 220 Strand was given as his address in a print published that year. The Microcosm of London (1808-10) and the monthly Repository of Arts (1809-29) established his reputation for fine colour plate books. From 1816, he began to publish lithographs. Ackermann always maintained links with his native Germany, and in the 1820s, he also opened outlets in Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia, Argentina, and Peru. In 1832, he handed the running of the business over to his second son George and his younger brothers, who traded as Ackermann & 106 The Strand until 1861. Ackermann also established a print business for his eldest son Rudolph at 191 Regent Street.

Condition: Binding holes at bottom. Letters from a verso are visible on recto.
Framing mounted
Price £200.00
Stock ID 42881