Johann Elias Ridinger, The Noble Stag's Age

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). L’áge et qualite du Cerf. The Noble Stag’s Age. “In fitting environment … each one fawn, brocket, second head, 6, 8, 10, 12 points and one piece of deer” (Th.). Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sc. et exc. A.V. / avec privil. de Sa. M. Imper., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 11⅞ × 9 in (30.1 × 23 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 14; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A. – From the unnumbered 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 2nd sheet, and here one of the 8 small-sized ones as apparently conceived intentionally by Ridinger and rather not meant as pilot projects as Thienemann assumes.

“ That I meanwhile … have presented the figures of the noble stag’s age somewhat larger than the others has been done solely to show his nature and kind the better … ”.

Early impression on full sheet (15⅞ × 19¾ in [40.3 × 50.3 cm]) in the meaning of Weigel’s A quality (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”) with watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?). In the interest of optically more balanced sheet proportions later the half-size sheets were printed on smaller paper not conforming to binding. – Minute little fold in the subject’s upper center, 2 backed little margin injuries.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Noble Stag's Age (impression of c. 1859)

– – – The same from the final complete edition, Leipsic c. 1859. 11⅞ × 9⅛ in (30.3 × 23.3 cm). – On toned vélin with margins of 3.5-4 on three sides and 6.3 cm below, drawing impeccably clear and vibrant still in the subtlest italics.

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