Friday, July 8, 2011

Amazing Images from the pages of Ackermann's Repository

I've been fortunate to have discovered a treasure trove of 200 year old Regency images in the pages of an old British publication called Ackermann's Repository.  There are fashion plates, furniture pieces, curtains, houses, buildings, scenery and more... Oh, it's been so much fun to browse through all 20 years of the publication. (1809 - 1829)

I'm currently in the process of saving these amazing images to my computer and will be posting them on my main blog all summer long.  I'm starting with the fashion plates, then will do curtains, furniture and finally some of the scenes, buildings and manor houses; to give well rounded examples of what Ackermann's was all about.  Oh, and they also published needlework patterns, so I'll be get around to publishing those too just for the grins and giggles of it.

Example of an Ackermann's Repository Fashion Plate
 Not only are the fashions lovely but the faces are so sweet; 
making the Ackermann' fashion plates some of the best from this time period.

Example of an Ackermann's Repository Furniture Plate
The Ackermann's furniture plates sometimes showed just a single piece of furniture, 
a set of furniture, a window treatment or like this example a room or partial room.
(by using a digital editing program this partial room can become a whole scene)
Click HERE for previous post on how this image was used to create a room

Example of one of the many extras found in the pages of Ackermann's Repository
Ackermann's Repository would introduce a "series" and continue it on for several issues.  They spent a few years showing a fancy deck of pictorial playing cards and in several issues they showed phaetons and carriages.  Since the publication was for both ladies and gentleman, they needed to depict items that would be appealing to both sexes in it's pages.

Example of Places, Building or Scenery found in Ackermann's Repository
 Ackermann's Repository has wonder full colored plates of scenery all through its issues.  They constantly had some series going that included places, buildings and scenery of all types. They had a series' called "Views of London"  & "Country Seats".
One year they showed all the Churches and public buildings in London.  There are scenes of gardens, public parks and various streets and neighborhoods from all over London in the pages of Ackermann's Repository. 

I found these types of scenes to be fascinating.  
I read a lot of Regency romances and now I have a much better idea 
how certain places in and around London looked during this time period.

Example of Needlework Patterns from Ackermann's Repository
Many of the Ackermann's repository issues had a decorative pattern in them.
They are not in every issue but fairly close.  Sometimes they had patterns for 
painting or inlay work; however most of them are needlework patterns 
like this one from one of their last issues.

Too see more great images from Ackermann's Repository
keep checking my main blog at

I'm currently in the process of listing all the fashion plates Ackermann's Repository 
published in its 20 year run; then I'll start listing other great images from it's pages.

Once all those images have been posted;
I'll show how the various images can be altered 
in Photoshop to create fun new digital scenes that are reminiscent of old "toy theaters"

Thanks for dropping by 
- Evelyn


  1. Wow Evelyn! These are such wonderful images. Many years ago I worked in the Royal Pavilion, Brighton, England - home of the Prince Regent. It left me with a long abiding love of Regency images - finding you sites is a dream! Have a lovely weekend Anna xx

    1. Hi Anna - I'm glad you found me.

      I can't even imagine what it must have been like to work at the Royal Pavilion. That must have been wonderful!!! Oh, yes I have a love of all things Regency too. I'm glad you are enjoying the posts.