Illustration showing gas light in “Jane Austen era” famous Art Library. Hi-tech!

Illus. showing gas light introduced into Ackermann's Art Library

Illustration showing Ackermann’s famous Art Library lit by the new invention of gaslight – detail of an aquatint by J. Bluck (c. 1812 – 1815). Think “Jane Austen era”. Wonderful new technology, but I hope Mr Ackermann took precautions regarding fire and the dangers of damage to the artworks from gas!

Rudolph Ackermann’s Repository of Arts was located at on The Strand (Central London). He became a print seller, book seller, publisher and dealer in art materials. He is known for having employed the finest engravers of the period – often to great success. Well done, sir.

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