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Furnishing Fashionably: Ackermann’s Repository, 1816

What was Ackermann’s Repository?

Ackermann’s Repository of Arts was an illustrated, British periodical published from 1809-1829 by Rudolph Ackermann. Although commonly called Ackermann’s Repository, or, simply Ackermann’s, the formal title of the journal was Repository of arts, literature, commerce, manufactures, fashions, and politics, and it did, indeed cover all of these fields.  In its day, it had great influence on English taste in fashion, architecture, and literature.

Along with articles on current events, stories and helpful tips, Ackermann’s Repository was famous for its studies of women’s fashion and architecture, including home furnishings. The following plates are from 1816.

These beautiful illustrations give a good example of society interior decorating from the era when Jane Austen was writing Persuasion. No doubt it is the style of opulence to which Sir Walter and Elizabeth Elliot would like to become accustomed to. Glancing through the pages gives the modern reader a delightful context in which to set the staging of their favorite scenes.

Ser2 v1 1816 Furniture plate 2 Chimney Piece
Furniture Plate 2: Chimney Piece of Mona Marble. (Series 2,Vol 1: Jan – June 1816)
Ser2 v1 1816 Furniture plate 8 Curtains Ackermann's Repository
Furniture Plate 8: Drawing Room Window Curtains (Series 2,Vol 1: Jan – June 1816)
Ser2 v1 1816 Furniture plate 14
Furniture Plate 14: French Sofa Bed (Series 2,Vol 1: Jan – June 1816)
Ser2 v1 1816 Furniture plate 20 French Bed
Furniture Plate 20: A French Bed (Series 2,Vol 1: Jan – June 1816)
Ser2 v1 1816 Furniture plate 26 Grecian
Furniture Plate 26: Grecian Furniture (Series 2,Vol 1: Jan – June 1816)
Ser2 v1 1816 Furniture plate 32 Dining Room
Furniture Plate 32: Dining Room (Series 2,Vol 1: Jan – June 1816)
Ser2 v2 1816 - Furniture Plate 8 Curtains Ackermann's Repository
Furniture Plate 8: Dining Room (Series 2 Vol 2 was July – Dec 1816)
Ser2 v2 1816 - Furniture Plate 32 Curtains Ackermann's Repository
Furniture Plate 32: Drawing Room Curtains (Series 2 Vol 2 was July – Dec 1816)
Ser2 v2 1816 Furniture plate 2 Saloon
Furniture Plate 2: A Saloon (Series 2 Vol 2 was July – Dec 1816)
Ser2 v2 1816 Furniture plate 14 Small Bed
Furniture Plate 14: A Small Bed (Series 2 Vol 2 was July – Dec 1816)
Ser2 v2 1816 Furniture plate 20 Chimney Piece
Furniture Plate 20: A Mona Marble Chimney Piece (Series 2 Vol 2 was July – Dec 1816)
Ser2 v2 1816 Furniture plate 26 English Bed
Furniture Plate 26: An English Bed (Series 2 Vol 2 was July – Dec 1816)

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