From Baron von Eisenberg’s Famous Riding School
Eisenberg, Baron von. L’Arabe. On small plateau to the left. In the background sparse hills, on the right on rocks a citadel. Colored engraving by Bernard Picart (Paris 1673 – Amsterdam 1733/34). (1727.) Inscribed: VII., otherwise as above. 8⅝ × 11⅞ in (22 × 30.3 cm).
Plate 7 of Eisenberg’s Description du Manége Moderne published first in 1727 and therefore the last one of the introductory engravings on the horse races and in such a manner with reserved scenic accessories as completely omitted in the lessons. – On fine laid paper, uncut below, laterally 4 cm wide. – On the back quite weakly browned, below the hind legs small thin paper spot, otherwise of very fine freshness.
Eisenberg , his activity as equerry in London in 1728, later in the Low Countries, in Vienna, and finally in Pisa in 1753 aside unknown in his living circumstances, became immortal by his comprehensive riding school, however, published first in 1727, much requested through the centuries and therefore re-issued again and again, in whose “center … the image (is),
the representation of the individual riding lessons
intent on utmost exactness …
The text is limited to short explanations” (Dietrich Fröba in the 1993 exhibition catalog Horse and Rider in Five Centuries – Treasures from the Library of the German Horse Museum on a French edition of 1733, no. 11).
Picart , the “most important and together most productive engraver in the French-Flemish region in the early 18th century” (Fröba, op. cit. p. 28), lived in Amsterdam since about 1710 where he also got married in 1719. Furthermore he might have been a grandchild of that Parisian flower painter and dealer Jean Michel Picart, whom Gerson, Ausbreitung und Nachwirkung der holländischen Malerei des 17. Jhdts., pp. 57 + 59, mentions as port of call for the Netherlanders pressing onto the market there, and with whom especially Willem Kalf was well acquainted with.
Present Bernard Picart, however, “established his fame (in Amsterdam), both by the works he presented and a flourishing school in which he trained many artists” (Nagler).
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