Rudolph Ackermann was a German-born British entrepreneur and publisher who is best known for his contributions to the development of the illustrated book and the popularization of aquatint printing in the early 19th century. Ackermann was born in Stolberg, Germany in 1764 and emigrated to England in 1783. He established a successful business in London as a print seller and publisher and is credited with introducing the fashion for colour printing in Britain. He published a number of popular illustrated books and magazines, including the Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions and Politics, which was a influential publication in its time and featured colour plates printed using the aquatint process. He died in London in 1834.
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