Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Le Commencement de la Chasse. How the Hunt is blown on. “When the seigneurs have arrived at the hunting place all hunters assemble …” Place in the wood enclosed by nets & cloths, inside of which in the foreground on the right the hunting lodge. Before this numerous beaters, hounds, and blowing hunters, all in the direction of the traverse cloth with the princely arms, which is dropped at the start of the hunt. Outside of the enclosure further huntsmen together with packs of hounds, carriages, horsemen, relay horses. Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: avec privil. de Sa. Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13⅛ × 16⅛ in (33.3 × 41.1 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 25; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”); Deutsches Leben der Vergangenheit, Eugen Diederichs Verlag, ill. 1479. – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 13th sheet. – Watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?) visible in outline only. – Margins on two sides 1.7-3.4, below & right 5-5.7 cm wide.
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