Rudolph Ackermann & the Regency World

By John Ford

This biography explores the full variety of Rudolph Ackermann’s life, documenting the range of his achievements. These include: designer, publisher, entrepreneur, humanitarian, propagandist, patriot, diplomat, and paterfamilias.

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Recognised as one of the most influential figures on design, fashion, and technical innovation in Regency England, Ackermann is perhaps less well known as a conduit between England, continental Europe, and the newly independent countries of Central and South America.  In this book his life is traced from his beginnings as an immigrant from Saxony, to his position as a leading figure in art and design, powerful political agent, and friend of the Royal family, Archbishop of Canterbury, and William Wilberforce.

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Drawing on new material, including previously unpublished letters, journals, and bank accounts, this text brings the great publisher alive more than ever before. Comprehensively illustrated, it also contains a check-list of over 600 books and prints published by Ackermann during his lifetime.


402 pages and 298 illustrations, of which 194 in colour.


21 x 29 cms.

Price: £50.00


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Available Now: Tracy Emin | Egon Schiele. Where I Want To Go.


Winiarczyk, Karol, Tracy Emin | Egon Schiele. Where I Want To Go. 2015, 136 pages, 91 colour images, Paperback. 23 x 30cms.

Catalogue in German and English for the current exhibition at the Leopold Museum, Vienna. Curated by Karol Winiarczyk and Diethard Leopold.

The exhibition is Emin’s first solo show in Austria and features more than 80 of her works. She includes her first sound installation alongside Schiele’s works on paper. The catalogue features an extensive interview between Winiarczyk and Emin, and text by Thomas Trummer. Includes some of Schiele’s poems.


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New Exhibition Catalogue: The First Georgians at the Queen’s Gallery, London

Three new publications and an extensive exhibition at Buckingham Palace mark the three hundred year anniversary of the ascension of George I to the British throne:

The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714-1760.  Exhibition: London, Queen’s Gallery, 2014. 496 pages, with over 480 illustrations. Hardback. 27 x 23.5cms.  Celebrates the three hundredth anniversary of the succession of the House of Hanover to the British throne, and explores the rich artistic culture of the early Hanoverian period. More than 300 paintings, sculptures, and other works of art from Germany, France, and Britain reflect the dramatic changes taking place in the early to mid-eighteenth century across all aspects of political, intellectual, and cultural life.  ISBN: 9781905686797

Price: £45.00

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Marschner, Joanna:  Queen Caroline: Cultural Politics at the Early Eighteenth-Century Court.  2014. 232 pages, with 120 colour and 40 black-and-white illustrations. Hardback.  As the wife of King George II, Caroline of Ansbach became queen of England in 1727.  Known for her intelligence and strong character, she wielded considerable political power until her death in 1737, and was an enthusiastic and energetic patron of the arts, architecture, gardens, literature, science, and natural philosophy.  This meticulously researched volume surveys this patronage and the ways in which Caroline used it to strengthen the connection between the recently installed House of Hanover and English society.  ISBN: 9780300197778

Price: £40.00

Magnificent entertainments

Doderer-Winkler, Melanie:  Magnificent Entertainments.Temporary Architecture for Georgian Festivals.  2013. 240 pages, with 133 colour and 100 black and white illustrations. Hardback. 29 x 24cms.  An original study of ephemeral architecture and design. Drawing on primary sources such as commemorative prints, newspaper accounts, and diary entries, the author examines the spectacular displays created for large-scale public celebrations in the Georgian period, such as royal weddings, coronations, battle victories, and birthday fêtes.  ISBN: 9780300186420

Price: £40.00

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Book of the Day: Bacon/Moore

Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Ashmolean Museum, this monograph highlights the important influences and experiences shared by Henry Moore (1898-1986) and Francis Bacon (1909-1992). Exploring common themes in their work such as ‘the Biomorphic/ Picassoesque form’, ‘the human head’ and ‘the Classical figure’, the catalogue also sets out to contrast Moore’s universal humanism with Bacon’s radical nihilism, presenting two fundamentally different visions of humanity.

Publication details as follows:

Calvocoressi, Richard and Martin Harrison:  Bacon Moore. Flesh and Bone.  Exhibition: Oxford, Ashmolean Museum, 2013. 200pp., with 140 colour illustrations. Hardback, 28 x 22cms. £ 35.00

The exhibition runs from the 12th September 2013 – 5th January 2014

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Bond, Anthony (ed.):  Francis Bacon. Five Decades.  Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney, 2013. 240pp., with over 215 colour illustrations. Cloth, 27.5 x 22cms.  Published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales this volume displays some fifty works from across the artist’s career and includes essays exploring his influences, connections with his contemporaries and to Australia. Includes bibliography. £ 28.00

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Book of the Day

Now in stock!

The first publication to chronicle the Arts and Crafts movement in Scotland, from its initial appearance in the 1860s through to its heyday between 1890 and 1914. Includes chapters on Pheobe Traquair and Robert Stodart Lorimer, among other influential individuals, and surveys a range of crafts, including stained glass, metalwork and textiles, within the domains of art, architecture and design.

Details as follows:

Carruthers, Annette:  The Arts and Crafts Movement in Scotland, A History.  2013. 468 pages, 100 colour and 250 black and white illustrations. Hardback. 28.5 x 24.5cms. £ 60.00

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New Publication: William Kent. Designing Georgian Britain

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2013. 656 pages, with 624 colour illustrations. Hardback. 30.5 x 23cms.

The first monograph to comprehensively explore Kent’s diverse oeuvre, including his interiors at Kensington Palace and Houghton Hall, along with his designs for furniture, metalwork, and sculpture. Further essays analyse his patrons and commissions, Kent as a painter, and his role as a landscape gardener.

£ 52.00

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Sarah Morris: Bye Bye Brazil

Presents a new series of abstract paintings by British artist Sarah Morris (b.1967), inspired by the beaches, fruit stands, hospitals, football stadiums, factories and favelas of Brazil, channelled here in palette and in form. Also documents her most recent film, ‘Rio’, presented in the gallery on an epic scale, accompanied by a pulsing soundtrack from Liam Gillick, with strong architectural shots of the city inviting comparison with her paintings. The exhibition runs from 17 July – 29 September 2013 at White Cube’s South Galleries, Bermondsey.  

Publication Details as follows:

Avary, Roger and Bettina Funcke: Sarah Morris: Bye Bye Brazil. Exhibition: London, White Cube, 2013. 102pp., illustrated throughout. Hardback, 30 x 28cms. £ 30.00

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Book of the Week: Calling, Cards & Cases

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Mitchinson, David:  Calling, Cards & Cases.  Geneva: 2012. 432pp., with 314 colour illustrations. Cloth, 31 x 24.5cms.

The etiquette of formal meeting and greeting provides the basis of a Victorian ritual which might seem remote to the present day. However, the rich array of associated material objects in the form of beautifully printed calling cards and exquisitely constructed cases allow special access into this world.

This volume is the most comprehensive survey on the accoutrements of visiting in the 19th century. Lavish illustrated with 400 cards and 600 cases reproduced in actual size, it also includes a detailed study of printing techniques, manufacturers, materials, and social etiquette.

£ 75.00




Book of the Week: William Burges


Our own exclusive publication!

Mordaunt Crook, J (introduction by):  Designs For Fish Plates.  London: 2012. 44pp., with 18 illustrations. Wrappers, 20.5 x 16cms.

A facsimile edition of Designs for Fish Plates to be Executed for the Lord Bute, first published in 1878. Dreamt up by the British architect and designer William Burges (1827-81), the silver plates were likely a present to his friend and patron John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, the 3rd Marquess of Bute, or his family, and can now be seen in the dining room at Mount Stuart. Each is a witty piscatorial pun: salmon crowned king of fish, a perch on a perch, and a whiting being whitewashed.

£ 35.00

Interested in William Burges? You might also like the following recent publication:

Mordaunt Crook, J:  William Burges: and the High Victorian Dream. Revised and Enlarged Edition.  London: 2013. 432pp., with 300 illustrations in colour and black and white. Hard cover, 30.5 x 25cms.


William Burges (1827-81) was among the greatest architect-designers of his age, his masterpieces including Cork Cathedral, Cardiff Castle, Castell Coch, Knightshayes in Devon, and Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, alongside his own Tower House in Kensington. This enlarged and revised edition of the author’s 1981 publication not only includes numerous new colour illustrations, but also presents works discovered in the aftermath of the influential first edition.

£ 45.00