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Etching with aquatint - Ackermann's Room in the Strand
  • Ackermann's Room in the Strand
    Pugin, Augustus Charles, born 1769 - died 1832
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Ackermann's Room in the Strand

  • Object:

    Etching with aquatint

  • Place of origin:

    London (published)

  • Date:

    1809 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Pugin, Augustus Charles, born 1769 - died 1832 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Etching and aquatint, coloured by hand, ink and watercolour on paper

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Miss E. Manson

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 120, The Wolfson Galleries, case 15, shelf DR4

Object Type
This anonymous print was made using a combination of two techniques: etching and aquatint, which involves using acid to create the lines and shading on the metal printing plate. After printing this sheet, another person probably coloured it by hand.

Subject Depicted
This print illustrates the interior of a well-known shop in London's Strand, Ackermann's Repository of Arts, in 1809.

Customers are shown looking at paintings on the wall, choosing prints from a portfolio and purchasing art materials at the counter. The shop sold a wide variety of art materials, from watercolours and paper to pens and inks.

Decorative papers could also be bought, which were used for 'fancy paper work'. This involved ornamenting small decorative objects, such as screens and boxes, with patterned papers. 'Fancy paper work' was a very fashionable activity for women around the beginning of the 19th century.

Rudolph Ackermann's business, The Repository of Arts, was an extremely diverse concern. As well as selling artists' materials and fancy goods, he exhibited and sold contemporary prints and watercolours. Ackermann (1764-1834), originally from Germany, also began a circulating library of prints and drawings, which subscribers could borrow to take home. The Repository was also a publishing business, producing high-quality illustrated books and periodicals. One of its most famous publications was the magazine The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics.

Physical description

Print, etching and aquatint

Place of Origin

London (published)


1809 (made)


Pugin, Augustus Charles, born 1769 - died 1832 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Etching and aquatint, coloured by hand, ink and watercolour on paper


Height: 13.2 cm paper, Width: 22.2 cm

Object history note

Anonymous print, published in London, after a drawing by Augustus Charles Pugin (born in Paris, 1769, died in London, 1832); figures by Thomas Rowlandson (born in London, 1756 or 1757, died there in 1827)

Descriptive line

Etching of Ackermann's Room in the Strand

Labels and date

British Galleries:
Velvet painting colours like these could be purchased from Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts', a supplier of artists' materials on the Strand in London. On the frieze below the window in this print, some of the shop's goods are listed: 'Embossed White and Gold Ornaments', 'Colours and Requisites for Drawing', 'Variety of Large and Small Transparencies'. [27/03/2003]


Printing ink


Etching; Aquatint




Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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