Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Smooth and shaggy common Greyhounds. Two of them, coupled, resting and sitting resp. to the right. Big before mountainous scenery. Etching & engraving. (1738.) Inscribed: J. E. R. fec. / N. 7., otherwise in German as above. 7¼ × 6 in (18.5 × 15.2 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 397. – Sheet 7 of the instructive set Design of Several Animals in its first edition with its strong laid paper. Appropriately fine in its contrasts. – “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied” (Th. 1856). – Margins above & below 5.8-7 cm, laterally 2-2.5 cm wide. – On the left verso 1 cm narrow fold strip from previous stitching. – At the upper edge still both the two original fine pricks.
“ The character of the greyhounds is expressed very well especially in the head of the lying one,
particularly in the eloquent eye looking sideward . ”
So Th. p. XXIX, 3 on occasion of the washed preparatory drawing (Weigel, 1869, no. 553) he added to his catalog raisonné (not present in its reprints) as reduced engraved copy. Ridinger’s present own etching corresponds to this judgement. – Also see the outline design in original size in pen and brown ink from c. 1735.
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