“ … the Domestic Animal
of the American Indians so to speak ”
( Meyer’s Konversations-Lexikon )
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). An American Bison as he fights off the attacking Bears. In light grotto with fine vista of a vastness interrupted by two rock formations, one against three, of which two of the latter are quite knock-out already. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XVIII. / Ioh. Elias Ridinger, inv. et del. / M. El. Ridinger, sc. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 9⅞ × 13⅞ in (25.2 × 35.2 cm).
Plate XVIII of the instructive work To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt published for subscription and concluded 1779 (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928) and etched in copper exclusively by Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, after predominantly his father’s designs.
Where not only to the realization here Martin Elias’ impact on the Ridinger œuvre exceeds considerably a but active collaboration as engraver. Already as 30-year-old he downright acted as spiritus rector behind the scenes, seeing that sets were not dropped prematurely or, as here, published posthumously.
And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, Hamburg/Berlin 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 at once, for judging by the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect deeply illuminating the Ridinger teamwork.
The vibrant scenery from the New World
in with 14¼ × 21¼ in (36.3 × 54 cm) sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper uncut on three sides with typographic watermark and
with the Roman numbering
( “ If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions ”, Th.).
Offer no. 16,103 / EUR 1176. / export price EUR 1117. (c. US$ 1217.) + shipping
“ I am curious as to the history of this (original Ridinger printing) plate (I just bought) and the others you have offered. Did you purchase them from the Ridinger estate (indirectly, indeed) or a private collector? These are truly rare one of a kind pieces ”
(Mr. L. A. F., October 28, 2003)