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Sporting Art, Coaching, Taglioni, Charles Henderson, Antique Print, London, 1837

$600

Charles Cooper Henderson (1803-1877) (after)
J. Harris (engraver)
The Taglioni!!!
R. Ackermann, London: October 1, 1837
Color-printed aquatint, finished by hand
12.25 x 18 inches, image
22 x 16.75 inches, sheet

Lively coaching print of the Taglioni, a glamorous four-in-hand horse-drawn stagecoach, produced within a few months of its debut on the road between London and Windsor in 1837. Shown from the side traveling briskly down the road, the shiny black coach is pulled by a team of four gleaming horses. In addition to the driver, seven aristocratic men in top hats and long coats and two footmen in uniforms of white trousers and blue jackets and caps sit on benches atop the coach. The horses and coach are rendered in fine detail against a simple background with the road indicated by a few horizontal lines and a faint indication of white clouds in a blue sky. The side of the coach bears the inscription “Richard Brackenbury, Windsor & London,” a small plate numbered 2621, and the tiny logo of Taglioni, for whom the coach was named, a female dancer in a white dress. Beneath the print the title is engraved in a Gothic style typeface followed by three exclamation points, conveying the public’s excitement that greeted the coach’s debut.

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According to a contemporaneous account in The Spectator in July 1837, the Taglioni was “put on the Windsor road by certain nobleman and gentleman of high fashion” who included Lord Chesterfield and Lord George Paget. The article quotes another news account: “The figure of Taglioni, as La Sylphide, is painted on each of the door panels…The sensation caused among the beau monde by the first appearance of the coach may be imagined from the fact, that upwards of one hundred carriages and horsemen innumerable were assembled at Hyde Park Corner to witness its return. We counted more than twenty Peers, besides many families of distinction.”

Charles Cooper Henderson was a well-known English painter of equestrian, sporting and coaching scenes, many of which were engraved and sold as prints, by R. Ackermann, Fores, and others. He exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1840 and 1848. His paintings and prints reside in several British museum collections.

J. Harris was an engraver, producing sporting and maritime prints after the works of various artists.

Ackermann & Co. was a prominent British publisher and printseller.   The firm was founded by Rudolph Ackermann (1764-1834), publishing as R. Ackermann from 1795 to 1829. Ackermann was born in Germany and came to England in the 1780s. He pioneered lithography in Britain (though frequently working with color-printed etchings and aquatints), and became a leading publisher of fine colorplate books, decorative prints and magazines, as well as sheet music of the Regency period. In 1797, Ackermann relocated the business premises to 101 Strand, which were known by 1798 as “The Repository of Arts,” also the title of a periodical with a large number of prints that he published from 1809 to 1828. As suggested by the full title of the publication, Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics, the subject matter of the Repository was wide ranging.  Among the most influential and popular images in the series were studies of Regency decorative arts, interior design and fashion, as well as various city and country views.  Ackermann was a major patron of British artists and designers, notably the famous caricaturist Thomas Rowlandson (1756-1827), whose works were featured in the famous set of London interiors and exteriors entitled Microcosm of London (R. Ackermann, London, 1808-10). Ackermann also manufactured and sold art supplies. In 1829, Rudolph transferred the business to three of his sons, who traded as Ackermann & Co. from 1829 to 1859. The business continued until the end of the 20th Century, last operating as Arthur Ackermann and Son (with offices in the 20th Century in London, Paris, Chicago and New York).

Full publication information: London, Published Oct’r 1st 1837, by R. Ackermann, at his Eclipse Sporting Gallery, 191, Regent St.

Condition:  Generally very good, recently professionally cleaned and deacidified, somewhat toned overall with a bit of vertical discoloration right side, and the usual overall light wear.

References:

Bénézit, E. Dictionnaire critique et documentaire des Peintres, Sculpteurs, Dessinateurs et Graveurs. France: Librairie Gründ, 1966. Vol. 4, p. 653 (Henderson).

Maxted, Ian. “The London book trades 1775-1800: a preliminary checklist of members.” Exeter Working Papers in British Book Trade History.  U.K.: Devon Library and Information Services. 24 January 2005.  http://www.devon.gov.uk/etched?_IXP_=1&_IXR=111144 (4 May 2007).

“Rudolph Ackermann.”  National Portrait Gallery.  May 2007.  http://www.npg.org.uk/live/search/person.asp?LinkID=mp06540 (4 May 2007).

“The Taglioni.” The Spectator. 8 July 1937. Vol. 10, pp. 637-638. Online at The Spectator Archive: http://archive.spectator.co.uk/article/8th-july-1837/13/the-taglioni (15 December 2017).

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19th Century