“ 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:

Tobias Heinrich Thoman von Hagelstein, Ibex Hunt

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.

Offer no. 28,143 / EUR  476. / export price EUR  452. (c. US$ 547.) + shipping

„ Vielen Dank, der Stich (Ridinger, Th. 288) ist gestern schon angekommen … Ich habe es schon ausgepackt … und mich sehr gefreut. Herzliche Grüße “

(Herr S. J., 4. Januar 2012)


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