Joseph Skelton (1783 – 1871) after Frederick Mackenzie (1788 – 1854)

Brasenose College, Oxford with the Radcliffe Camera



33 x 46 cm

Published by Rudolph Ackermann (1764 – 1834).

Frederick Mackenzie was a British watercolourist and architectural draughtsman. He first exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1804, and contributed eleven drawings between that year and 1828. He contributed to the Society of Painters in Water Colours exhibitions from 1813, becoming an associate in 1822, and a full member the following year. From 30 November 1831 until, his death he was treasurer to the society. In later life Mackenzie was no longer commissioned to illustrate books.

Joseph Skelton was an a topographical and antiquarian engraver. He lived in Oxford for a time and became a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London. His Oxford publications include the Oxonia Antiqua Illustrata; Antiquities of Oxfordshire, from drawings by F. Mackenzie; and the Pietas Oxoniensis, or Records of Oxford Founders.

Rudolph Ackermann was an Anglo-German bookseller, inventor, lithographer, publisher and businessman. In 1795 he established a print-shop and drawing-school at 96 Strand. Here Ackermann set up a lithographic press and began a trade in prints. He later began to manufacture colours and thick carton paper for landscape and miniature painters. Within three years the premises had become too small and he moved to 101 Strand, in his own words “four doors nearer to Somerset House”, the seat of the Royal Academy of Arts. Between 1797 and 1800 Ackermann rapidly developed his print and book publishing business, encompassing many different genres including topography, caricature, portraits, transparencies and decorative prints.

Condition: generally very good; some staining to margins but print itself fine.

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