“ … it seems as if … Ridinger had intended a second set of the
‘ Princely Persons on Horseback ’ ”
Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). Ludovjcus VIII. D. G. Landgravius Hassiæ-D(armstadiæ). Princeps Hersfeldiæ, Comes in … Nidda, Schaumburgo, Isenburgo et Budinga etc. Sacræ Cæsareæ ac Regiæ Hungaricæ et Bohemicæ Apostol. Majestatis Supremus Campo Mareschallus … . On his proverbial dapple with baton rested on the right thigh. In the background a drawing up of forces in hilly landscape. Etching + engraving after Georg Adam Eger (1727 Murrhardt 1808). Inscribed: G. A. Eger Serenissimi Landgr. Pictor, pinxit. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above with the rich escutcheon held by lion shield-bearers in the center. 14⅝ × 10⅜ in (37 × 26.3 cm).
Thienemann-Stillfried (1876) + Schwarz (1910) 1378; Reich auf Biehla 280 ( “Fine sheet … Extremely rare”, 1894 ! ); Hamminger Collection 1869 (erroneously L. XIII.; Extremely rare sheet … with [only] platemark, 1895 ! ); Siebert, Kranichstein (1969), ills. p. 62; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt (1999) VI.25 with ills.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger – (Pictures on the Hunt in Hesse-Darmstadt) (1999), pp. 52 f. with illustration; Kölsch, Gg. Adam Eger … (Catalog of the Works in the Hunting Castle) Kranichstein, 2010, 4 with ills.
Not in the extensive Ridinger inventories
of Weigel, Art Stock Catalogue I-XXVIII (1838/56), Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885), Coppenrath (1889/90), Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger; 1900) + Schwerdt (1928/35) as well as the opulent Ridinger collection Count Faber-Castell (1958) and the hippological collections Anderhub (1963) + Sarasin (1999). Just as then through the decades also here present for the first time.
The equestrian desideratum – if then known at all –
hurting in many places
on heavy laid paper with surrounding margin mostly 8 mm wide, here from the rich Ridinger collection of Radulf Count of Castell-Rüdenhausen (1922-2004), from whose hand the pencil annotation “Th.St, 1378. Very rare” in the white margin lower right presumably originates.
“ A sheet which by size and form follows on the (somewhat smaller sized) set of Princely Persons mounted on Horseback ”
(Count Stillfried). And by this on the equestrian portrait of Prince Charles of Löwenstein-Wertheim traded here recently, still introduced per 835 by Thienemann himself with the words
“ Herewith (Th. 834) now this set (of the ‘Princely Persons mounted on Horseback’) would be completed. Now, however, I own a similar, but larger engraving (by Joh. Elias R. after Joh. Christian Fiedler) … Carolus … We give him the number 835 … Also among the drawings there are some of larger size (one presumably belonging to the plate here in pencil in reverse in Augsburg) than the sixteen above, whereupon it seems as if … Ridinger had intended a second set ”
„ The equestrian portrait of Louis VIII (1691 Darmstadt 1768, ruling since 1738/39, married to Countess of Hanau-Lichtenberg) attaches to a … set of princely persons mounted on horseback. While the other 16 depictions (of the basic set) have been both drawn and also engraved by Johann Elias Ridinger, the equestrian portrait of the hunter landgrave is based on a painting by Georg Adam Eger (like for the mentioned other Löwenstein-Wertheim addition one by Fiedler). Possibly our sheet engraved by Martin Elias Ridinger was created at the same time as the (four) plates of the ‘Wondrous Stags’ (Th. 318 f. + 339 f.) engraved after Eger, thus about the middle of the 1760s “ (1763/64 + 67/68; Kölsch “probably about 1765/68”
(Stefan Morét in Catalog Darmstadt).
“ Portrait of the Sovereign on a Dapple with Baton
who marks time in the manner of a piaffe (motion motive of the classic horse dressage) … (Louis) wears a cuirass and the white uniform of the royal real field-marshal Maria Theresa had commissioned to him in 1741 for his support in the Austrian War of Succession. Among the several orders the Polish White Eagle Order (received in the same year) stands out worn as a cross at the necklet and as breast star at the revers.
Thus the decoration corresponds largely with the state portrait
of Louis VIII Johann Christian Fiedler executed in many versions since 1741 … However, the red princely coat with ermine lining usually as a rule in Fiedler’s state portrait missing.
The inscription of the engraving refers explicitly to the model of a painting by Eger
which has to be ranked as lost
(cat. no. 67) … Fiedler’s equestrian portrait should have been created before 1741 and the grant of the position of the field-marshal and has been modified by Eger ultimately
by adaptation of dress and orders
to this high distinction. This variation Eger should have worked hardly before Fiedler’s death in 1765 ”
Offer no. 14,850 / EUR 945. / export price EUR 898. (c. US$ 1038.) + shipping
Johann Christian Fiedler’s large-sized full-length portrait
in mezzotint by Johann Jacob Haid
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