Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). The Silhouette of the later Munich Gallery Director Georg von  Dillis  (Grüngiebing 1759 – Munich 1841) on a plate below an urn, surrounded by landscape with strong stag & two sketch books with pencil opened at, i. a., stag and dog’s head resp. Etching. 14.5 x 9.5 cm.

Joseph Georg Wintter, Silhouette of the later Munich Gallery Director Georg von Dillis

Niemeyer 128, II; Nagler 1 (The stag “is by Winter, the rest by Dillis”). – From the 44-sheet Augsburg omnibus edition Schwerdt III, 190, a ( “Rare“, 1928 ) of 1821 the earliest, whose marvelous printing qualities on buff paper reveal the small editions and had Schwerdt frequently yet erroneously infer proofs before the letter. But already on occasion of the here otherwise not provable 137-sheet complete edition Weigel 21336 this stated 1857: “Most sheets very rare.”

Copying the  „ graphic  monument “ (Morét)  Th. 974  by  the  Ridinger  sons  for  the  father , in view of the youthful age of the „deceased“ (Dillis was 30 at most!) the work appears as  a  rebellion  of  the  following  generation  against  the  great  shadow  of  the  past  master .

Wintter was electoral Bavarian Court and Hunt Engraver and member of the electoral academy at Dusseldorf and 1787 he was promoted even court chamber councilor as

rare  “ (a)mong  those  numerous  court  and  independent  artists

of  the  Electoral  Palatinate  Bavarian  court ”

(pope of forest cameralists Wilhelm Gottfried von Moser, b. 1729, from the “famous family of cameralists” [Heß in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie] 1788 in Forst-Archiv [IV, 280 ff.]), who nevertheless till today remained outside of the small, yet growing circle of intimate connoisseurs under the lee of Ridinger and his continuing overwhelming effect, irrespective of voices of important contemporaries calling to attention just like von Moser with his however in this manner not to be generally consented with conclusion “Always better than Riedinger”. Yet the more so the

“ This  man  has  extraordinary  talents ”

as Lorenz von Westenrieder of the same age (b. 1748, theologian, yet especially historian; “has generally an impressionable eye for scenic beauties” [Höhn]), who had already praised him highly in his 1783 “Almanac of Human History in Bavaria”, wrote in 1785 to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright in Leipsic.

And generally Nagler 1851 in the Künstler-Lexicon: his “etchings are excellent and are in the treatment between those by Hollar and Riedinger”. To eventually emphasize 1863 once again expressly in the Dictionary of Monogramists (III, no. 68) the rarity of these beautiful sheets. – The wide white margin somewhat foxing on two outer sides.

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„ Heute konnte ich Ihre Sendung mit dem Blatt von Ridinger … entgegennehmen. Herzlichen Dank. Es ist ein schönes Exemplar. Ich werde es klassisch rahmen lassen … Ob ich mich davon schon zur Eröffnung des … Museums trennen möchte, oder es erst nach meinem Hinscheiden den Weg dorthin finden wird, ist noch nicht bestimmt. (Es sind ja da noch die anderen [3] Blätter, welche ich zuvor [anderwärts] erstanden hatte ...). Vorerst werde ich mit Freude den Anblick geniessen und verbleibe mit besten Grüssen … “

(Frau E. S., 2. September 2016)