London: R. Ackermann, [1826?]. Two large aquatints, each 18 x 24 inches. A bit of spotting at edges of one print. Light tanning. Crisp and quite attractive images. Very good plus. Item #2056
A beautiful pair of rare prints, comprising a bird's-eye view of Mexico City and a view of the Zocalo and Cathedral produced by famed London printmaker and color plate book publisher Rudolph Ackermann. During the mid-1820s, the elder Ackermann sent his son George to Mexico to establish branches of their bookselling concern across hispanophone America. Although this endeavor last only a few years, the Ackermann publishing company produced several notable illustrated books and prints on the subject of Latin America during this period.
The present works are based on drawings done by the younger Ackermann while in Mexico, and were created contemporaneously with a Spanish-language history of the country, illustrated with a number of smaller, uncolored engravings, published by Rudolph Ackermann in 1826. Each print is exceptionally sharp and detailed, with fine coloring. The views were issued as a pair, and were reviewed in an October 1826 issue of a London arts periodical, La Belle Assemblée, which opined that, "The idea which they convey is very fresh and vivid; they have all the appearance of accuracy."
Rare, and in excellent condition. We locate copies of these two prints only at the British Library.