Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolves

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). ordinary Wolf. completely white Wolf. Colored etching/engraving, supposedly by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: LUPUS VULGARIS. / LUPUS ALICAUS. / ordentlicher Wolf. / ganz weißer Wolf. / Loup ordinaire. / Loup blanc. / Familia IV. Fünfzähige. / Ridinger fec. 12¼ × 8¼ in (31.2 × 20.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1062. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ The wolf … is a very rapacious and pernicious animal and frequently does great damage both in the woods among the game and on the fields among the flocks … His color is …

although  in  the  northern  countries  there  are  fully  white  ones , too ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II in German and French, pp. 9 f. & 8 resp., enclosed in copy). – And Thienemann:

“ A rather nice sheet on which we behold (on the left amid rich plant accessories) above the entirely white wolf lying (to the right) and howling, below (right) a regularly colored, emaciated one, standing (to the left). ”

The  fine  sujet  in  its  vibrant  colorfulness

with watermark Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms and C & I Honig (Heawood 64) as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on  account  of  the  fine  illumination”  for  the  colored  works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”.

The attribution of the transfer into copper to presumably Johann Elias’ eldest on the basis of the sole inscription “Ridinger fec.”, even though, as then certified, without the punctuation mark edged in. The plate of the African Wolf besides inscribed M. El. Ridinger.

Margins on three sides 2-3.3 cm, below 4.8 cm wide. – A little wax spot on the upper back & some little brown spots in the bottom line showing through into the subject entirely disregardable, otherwise enviably impeccable.

Offer no. 15,921 / EUR  470. / export price EUR  447. (c. US$ 517.) + shipping

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