A light Pheaton [sic] with Ackermann's Patent Moveable Axles;Built by Mr. Kinder, Gray's Inn Lane.
[Illegible] of R. Ackermann's Repository of Arts &c. Pubd. July 1, 1819 [101 Strand, London].
Hand coloured engraving, image 105 x 170mm. 4 x 6¾". Sheet trimmed.
A Phaeton is a sporty open carriage drawn by a single horse or a pair, typically with four extravagantly large wheels, very lightly sprung, with a minimal body, designed for speed. The name refers to the disastrous ride of mythical Phaėton, son of Helios, who set the earth on fire while attempting to drive the chariot of the sun. Numbered 'Plate 3, Vol. VIII' upper right, 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. Ackermann's ingenuity and enterprise were not directed to fine art matters alone. His father had been a coach-builder and harness-maker in Germany and his early years in London were engaged in making designs for many of the principal coach-builders. The preparation of Lord Nelson's funeral car (1805) was entrusted to his skill. Between 1818 and 1820 he was occupied with a patent for movable carriage axles.
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