Friday, August 30, 2013
And earlier still, he was supplying artists, amateur and professional, with supplies for watercolour painting.
In 1799 Rudolph Ackermann began manufacturing and selling his own watercolour paint blocks. He was supplied by other colourmen but at least three colours were his own mixture, Ackermann's Green, White and Yellow. From 1817 his eldest son Rudolph Ackermann junior was responsible for the watercolour manufacturing. An advertisement in the Repository in 1818 gives a complete look at the watercolours offered for sale.
The image above of watercolour blocks and the image below of the paint box are from the website of whimsie.com where there is an excellent 'Virtual Museum of Watercolour Materials'.
Ackermann also had for sale brushes, and pencils and in later years, canvases, papers and even some supplies for oil painting. At the bottom of the advertisement above there is a note offering 'Boxes of Colours for Velvet-Painting".
The advertisement above also indicates mahogany painting boxes were available.
'Til next time,