Rudolph Ackermann

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Rudolph Ackermann, portrait by François Nicholas Mouchet

Rudolph Ackermann (born April 20, 1764 in Stollberg , Electorate of Saxony , † March 30, 1834 in London ) was a German - British bookseller, lithographer , publisher and entrepreneur.


Originally after attending Latin school like his father a saddler and wagon builder in various German cities, in Paris and London, he opened a printing and drawing school in the British capital in 1795 . Since 1817 he has supplemented his Repository of Arts, Literature, Fashion with images produced by his lithography press. Well-known artists such as Thomas Rowlandson were regularly involved in these editions. From 1825 he published popular yearbooks, beginning with Forget-me-not . He also put on various editions with landscapes, including Microcosm of London (1808-1810, 3 volumes), Westminster Abbey (1812, 2 volumes), The Rhine (1820), The World in Miniature (1821-1826, 43 volumes).

Ackermann was also active as an inventor. In 1801, for example, he applied for a patent for a process by which paper and fabrics were made water-impermeable, and he set up his own factory in Chelsea for production . Its factory buildings were lit with advanced gas .

In 1817 he patented the steering knuckle invented by Georg Lankensperger for himself and Lankensperger (see Ackermann control ).

After the Battle of Leipzig in 1813, Ackermann used his fame and influence and collected nearly £ 250,000 in England for German people in need.

Ackermann motivated his nephew Wilhelm Heinrich Ackermann to accept a position as private tutor for young Englishmen, so that he later felt called to be a teacher and became a leading German teacher .

In Stollberg a street is named after Rudolph Ackermann.


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