Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of the Polecat / Trace of the Squirrel

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Trace of the Polecat in Soft Ground. / Fore Leg Hind Leg / Trace of the Squirrel in Soft Ground. / Little Fore Leg Little Hind Leg. Below the picture of a wooded painterly mountainous scenery the life size traces. Etching and engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: 20. / J. E. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11¾ in (37.6 × 29.7 cm).

REPRESENTATION OF THE FAIR GAME 20. – Thienemann & Schwarz 182; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, III.28 with illustration; Sälzle, facsimile ed. of all drawings for the set, 1980, pp. 60 f.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of Polecat / Squirrel

The “mountains indicated only here and there” in the preparatory drawing from 1739 “are carefully executed in (present) etching, the squirrel is, not to its advantage, modified” (Sälzle). While sitting in typical eating posture on a thin branch there, so here it is about to leap down from this, now in addition free-floating. Whereas the polecat true to the design carries away an egg.

Uniquely beautiful impression with watermark FIAT as countermark of the Wangen paper mill as one of the sturdy laid paper qualities preferred by Ridinger. – Margins above & below 3-4.8 cm wide, on the left 1.4, on the right 0.1-0.7 cm margin resp., each in addition to the wide white platemark. – Lower margin slightly fox and age spotted.

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