ackermann’s repository of arts
Internet Archive – a wonderful resource – includes the following issues of this periodical on its website. Needless to say, such a collection is priceless to the researcher. Such magazines were possibly read by the likes of the Smiths and Goslings, but more importantly they are now windows into the past.
“Engines of our Ingenuity” has much to say about Rudolph Ackermann, including this about the ‘future’ uses of his Repository: “Historians of art, architecture, decorative arts, and costume have mined Ackermann’s magazine repeatedly over the years. Film and theater designers borrow costumes and interiors from its pages. Productions of the works of Jane Austen, in particular, often derive from The Repository, since Austen published her novels during the same years Ackermann produced his magazine. Consequently, our vision of Austen’s characters and their world has been shaped by Ackermann’s illustrations.” More important is the comment that the issues of The Repository “depict early 19th-century England with amazing detail and vibrancy“.