|Aquatint with hand colouring
|Ackermanns Repository of Arts, 104 Strand c.1802
|Image 131 mm circular, Sheet 151 x 149 mm
The following note is taken from The Encyclopedia of Ephemera: A Guide to the Fragmentary Documents of Everyday Life for the Collector, Curator, and Historian by Maurice Rickards and Michael Twyman:
"Rudolph Ackermann, shortly after opening his print shop in the Strand, London, published one hundred and nine transparent hand-coloured etchings between 1796 and 1802 and a book called Instructions for Painting Transparencies (1799). They all showed images which, when held to the light, acquired enhanced tonal range and luminous colour. The effect was achieved by adding to the back of the print broad masses of tone and colour with a brush to correspond with the outlines of the illustration. Added translucency was produced locally by application of varnish. These Ackermann transparencies were the first to be sold as individual prints."
Condition: Trimmed within plate to the left and right margins, trimmed to just outside plate to the upper and lower margins.