“ In Animal Painting also distinguished themselves …”
Thoman(n) von Hagelstein, Tobias Heinrich (1700 Augsburg 1764). Ibex Hunt with Pike and Rifle. In various stages high over the valley. In front left two successful hunters, one of them strapping on the climbing-irons. On a slope behind three huntsmen following a buck while on the opposite height one goes off a ledge. On a plateau in the middle distance a group of hunters occupied with gutting. Mezzotint printed in blue. 14½ × 19 in (36.8 × 48.4 cm).
Blüchel, Die Jagd, I, 149 as color illustration varyingly shortened at the edges (this copy). – Not in Schwerdt. – Watermark Great Crown with Coat of Arms. – Sheet G.3. of a set. – Only partly legible Latin distich + German quatrain:
The ibex , which freshly the …
also the hunter follows up to the highest …
He drives him so forth over the …
And does not rest till only the folks’ leap fails .
Margins on two sides 1-2 cm wide, at the sides trimmed to the edge of the image, but added. Throughout smoothed age-creasing, in the caption left small tear with trace of scraping, some pin-like holes. Generally thus time-marked, but most largely eliminated by the passepartout. The impression itself fine, the sheet as such as its scenery, too,
for a detail of cultural-historical hunting practice :
“ The huntsmen wield long pikes with sickle-shaped blades mounted below the top to cut through from below the ankle-sinews of the hind legs of the game fleeing into the rock ”
On the artist dynasty of the Thomans originating from Lindau and flourishing more than 200 years see Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XXXVIII, 65 f. Present Tobias Heinrich, youngest son of Ernst Philipp, represented here likewise by precious mezzotints, applied himself – “supposedly under the influence of the Ridingers” (Th.-B.) – especially to the animal subject, but hardly in oil as Welisch’s “In animal painting still excelled …” suggests. Nonetheless, so the latter continuing in Contributions to the History of the Augsburg Painters in the 18th Century, 1901, page 93, he was
“ highly rated by Ridinger , too ”.
Like his father’s mezzotints his are that scarce that even to Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon XVIII, 1848, 360) they were known from hearsay only:
“ P. v. Stetten says … that in later time Thomann has executed several sheet in mezzotint manner which present animals, and the same he says of E. Ph. Thomann von Hagelstein. ”
Yet in such a way they are trouvailles still surpassing their technically conditioned preciousness. For already in 1675 the expert von Sandrart figured “clean copies” of the velvety mezzotint manner at only about “50-60 (!) … soon after, however, (the picture) grinds off for it not goes deeply into the copper”. Present execution as printed in blue finally an ultimate superelevation, for to the most wily collector drawings and prints on blue paper are worth yet the steepest shooting path.
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