Johann Elias Haid

1739 Augsburg 1809

Son of Ridinger’s pupil Johann Jacob, his given name Johann Elias suggests just Ridinger as godfather whose offices as assessor to the marriage court and director of the academy (1788) he held himself later. Like his father working especially in mezzotint and also continuing his publishing house, he undertook travels to Venice and the Low Contries and “obtained orders … from Northern Germany to Switzerland

“ The faithful rendering of numerous portraits of contemporaries and local celebrities from original paintings as well as the heritage of rare composition in engraving make his work precious to us ”

(Paul Markthaler in Thieme-Becker XV [1922], 482 f.).

“ Thanks a lot for your answer to my request, in such a short time and in such a detail! I’m pleasantly surprised with the fact that you presented me 3 different options! The 2 options … although very tempting (pricewise, extra prints etc) do not interest me, because of the condition of the prints. As a collector I wouldn’t like anything else but the best – the first option. To be absolutely honest with you, I expected the price to be high, but not so much … (It’s a) ‘Museum quality’ piece … Congratulations for the excellent pieces you offer !!! ”

(Mr. L. M., January 12, 2016)