Messrs. Lackington, Allen & Co.Temple of the Muses, Finsbury Square.
Hand coloured etching with aquatint, image 115 x 195mm. 4½ x 7¾". Offered with corresponding text leaf.
James Lackington (1746 - 1815) rose from poverty to affluence through bookselling. At the age of ten he was an itinerant meat pieman and at 14 he was bound apprentice to a shoemaker. He also wrote ballads. In 1773 he went to London to make his fortune and set up as a very humble bookseller and shoemaker. By 1775 he had established his cheap circulating library and was helped in the business by his second wife, Dorcas Turton, following their marriage in 1776. In 1789, he moved to The Temple of the Muses (which became one of the sights of London) in Finsbury Square, taking Robert Allen into partnership in 1793. He made his fortune as the first ‘cash bookseller.’ Numbered 'No.4 Plate 17' above, for Rudolph Ackermann's 'Repository of Arts' periodical, published from 1809-1829. The formal title of the publication was "Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashions, and Politics", and it discussed and illustrated day to day life, and influenced English taste in fashion, architecture and literature.
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