Thomas Rowlandson (1757-1827) & Augustus Charles Pugin (1762-1832). “Exhibition Room, Somerset House.” From The Microcosm of London.
London: R. Ackermann, 1808-1810. Approx. 8 x 10 (image). Aquatint. Original hand color. Minor stains in margins. Very good condition.
In 1808, R. Ackermann began issuing his monumental, The Microcosm of London. This work, which ran until 1810, contains some of the greatest examples of English color prints of the nineteenth century. The quality of the prints is top-notch, and their impact on English graphic illustration was considerable. The careful rendering, superb aquatinting and lovely hand coloring combine to make these prints most desirable. The prints provide an unexcelled picture of London at the time, and thus their historic import is equal to their aesthetic quality. Rowlandson, Pugin and Ackermann are three of the most renowned names in the history of British printmaking, and the prints from this series are no small part of the reason for their reputations.
Other available prints from The Microcosm of London:
British Institution, Pall Mall
Court of Chancery, Lincoln's Inn Hall
Court of Exchequer, Westminster Hall
Court of King's Bench, Westminster Hall
Covent Garden Market, Westminster Election
Custom House, from the River Thames
Drawing from Life at the Royal Academy
The Great Hall, Bank of England
The Hall, Blue Coat School (Christ's Hospital)
Roman Catholic Chapel, Lincoln's Inn Fields
Royal Institution, Albemarle Street
Synagogue. Duke's Place, Houndsditch
Water Engine. Cold-Bath-Field's Prison