The Hunters’ and the Hounds’ Pleasure
and that already 125/135 years ago !
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Pleasure of Hunting. Refreshment, and rest of huntsmen & pack(s). Two stations with 6 lines caption each on 1 sheet. Etching + engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XVII. / Ioh. El. Ridinger, inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger, sculps. A. V. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.5 × 21 cm).
Sheet XVII of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt) etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded in 1779.
At which not only after realization here Martin Elias’ impact on the Ridinger œuvre is much larger than that of an engaged co-worker as engraver only. Already at an age of thirty he just acted as a spiritus rector behind the scene ensuring that sets were completed or, as here, published posthumously.
And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, 1966, pp. 16 f. + pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Bison and the Crocodile, from the Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute together, because judging by the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect illustrating deeply the Ridinger teamwork.
“ A clear spring … often provides … refreshment to the exhausted hunter , too ,
Who sometimes curses at his luck and hunt ;
When he has to bear patiently in wood and field
and in the hottest days heat , dust , and fear. ”
“ Quite grown hot by hunting and exhausted by running
Master and hound refresh themselves in stretched out rest … ”
Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper with watermark Anchor JH
with the Roman number
(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – The set itself “arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too” (Th.).
Offer no. 15,713 / EUR 730. / export price EUR 694. (c. US$ 870.) + shipping
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