Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Bay Dun. Louvet. “Trotting, with the bridle hanging down … At the lightest parts straw-yellowish, then russet-yellowish, then turning into black gray. Crest and tail black” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Dunkel Falch. / J. El. Ridinger inv. de. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (18.9 × 13.3 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 934. – 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.
“ Even though these horses differ very much from the aforementioned principal colors, yet there is no fifth element or complexion for them, which could have particular effects; so they are arranged among the previous, according to their brighter or darker color, closest yet and in their characteristics considered equal to those grays. Among the darker ones those, which like the dapple grays are dappled, turn into brown or black; further those which are black at the head, mouth, and those hands, also have a black crown, crest and tail, along with a black stripe across the back, are the best and most durable, likewise are the mouse duns, bay duns, the fawn or bay dun ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, p. 37, 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”. – Lower right in the 2.3-4 cm wide white margin somewhat time-smudgy.
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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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