Lot 20
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Ackermann, Rudolph--Uwins, Thomas

20,000 - 30,000 GBP
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  • A collection of 240 drawings of costume designs for Rudolph Ackermann's Repository of Arts magazine, 1809-1828
  • Paper
240 ORIGINAL DRAWINGS, WATERCOLOUR OVER PENCIL, most designs dated in pencil, mounted on guards and bound in 3 volumes, 8vo (202 x 135mm.), contemporary red half morocco, spines gilt


Dudley C. Marjoribanks (1820-1894), 1st baron Tweedmouth, book label; Rudolf von Gutmann (1880-1966), bookplate, his sale in these rooms, 2 April 1993, lot 1

Catalogue Note

A FINE COLLECTION OF COSTUME DRAWINGS. Thomas Uwins (1782-1857) was first apprenticed to an engraver before beginning to work on his own account as a designer of book-illustrations - chiefly vignettes and frontispieces. The Repository of Arts (also the name of Ackermann's shop in the Strand) ran to forty volumes published in monthly issues between 1809 and 1828. The magazine is particularly valuable for tracing the development of fashion during this long period, for which there is no other comparable publication. Uwin's name appears under two portraits in the issue for December 1809, but his contribution of costume plates over a period of at least twenty-two years in unacknowledged.