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Rudolph Ackermann

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Rudolph Ackermann, attributed to François Nicholas Mouchet, 1810-1814 - NPG 6342 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Rudolph Ackermann

attributed to François Nicholas Mouchet
oil on canvas, 1810-1814
50 1/4 in. x 39 1/2 in. (1276 mm x 1003 mm)
Purchased, 1995
Primary Collection
NPG 6342


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  • Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), Publisher. Sitter in 1 portrait, Artist associated with 51 portraits.

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Ackerman was the epitome of the Regency art-world entrepreneur: his business 'The Repository of Arts' combined the functions of shop, gallery, circulating library and social centre. He was also a keen promoter of technological inventions. He is show here with an early gas lamp that alludes to his pioneering introduction of gas lighting in his place of work.

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Current affairs

Serious 'Burdett and Liberty' riots break out in London in support of radical MP Sir Francis Burdett who had been arrested for denouncing the House of Common's decision to bar journalists from some debates. Princess Amelia dies triggering renewed bout of illness in her father, George III.

Art and science

Sir Walter Scott publishes his chivalrous, medieval ballad, The Lady of the Lake, set on Loch Katrine in Perthshire. Kennett and Avon Trunk Canal is completed. First Savings Bank is set up by financier Henry Duncan.

International

Madame De Stael writes De l'Allemagne which portrays Germany as a model of Romantic nationalism for emerging revolutionary nations. It was banned by Napoleon but published in London to great acclaim. Lisbon besieged. Wellington takes shelter behind the fortified lines of the Torres Vedras and the French army are forced to retreat.

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