Johann Elias Ridinger, Flea-bitten Gray

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Flea-bitten Gray. Tuité noir. “The white horse, entirely speckled with larger and smaller black spots which make it similar to some leopard horses, stepping forward (to the right) led by its rider” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Fliegen oder Mücken Schim(m)el. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sc. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5⅜ in (19.2 × 13.6 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 967. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  of the first edition of the Principal Colors of Horses, created, drawn and etched/engraved exclusively by Johann Elias, yet published only posthumously 1770 by the sons as the first of Ridinger’s but three originally colored works (“For this he first chose the horses, which as generally known occur in very varying coloring”, Th.; the usual allusions in the trade to only two of these based on the ignorance of the existence of copies of the 2nd edition of the Ten Plates Monkeys, Th. 541-550, intended for coloring). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition with only 40 of the originally 51 plates anymore was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ Of still another kind are the flea-bitten grays, these are so to speak over and over sprinkled with smaller, or in-between also larger spots, the more such are to be found on those extremities, the mouth and scrotum, for so much better, more enduring they are regarded, especially where also crown, crest, and tail (as here not) are much or even fully black ”

(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 33 ff., enclosed in copy).

On that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble

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

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Hardly perceptible horizontal tear up to the animal’s neck backed of old. The 2.6-4 cm wide white margin particularly above and below somewhat age-marked, the lower right corner as well as the left margin reinforced.

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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

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(Mrs. K. K. S., April 5 & 13 resp., 2016)


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