Suite not known to Literature
and supposedly provable completely here for the first Time
Wintter, Raphael. (Animal Drawings for Landscape Furnishing.) Karlsruhe, Joh. Velten, not before 1824. Oblong fol. (10⅞ × 13¾ in [27.5 × 35 cm]). Suite of
12 chalk lithographs
(3½-8⅛ × 8½-10⅜ in [9-20.6 × 21.5-26.5 cm]). Unstitched in orig. wrappers with lithographed title/author/publisher on the front wrapper (in German).
Provisionally Niemeyer Ra 152-155h (so far Niem.  152-155 + 182-186). – Not in Winkler (1975) + Nagler (1851). – The wrappers, widely torn in the fold and at its upper margins somewhat fissured, reinforced on both sides and backed resp., otherwise irrespective of occasional faint touch of mostly just spot-like foxing practically impeccable. – On large strong vélin untrimmed on two sides with wide margins as resulting from the sheet-subject-relation above.
THE SUITE DESCRIBABLE HERE FOR THE FIRST TIME
after in the catalogue raisonné here based on two separate parts in the trade only vaguely “4 sheet with depictions of cows from 1824” and “5 sheet with depictions of goats and sheep” resp. could be recorded. Here then both groups of six sheet each and in such a manner supposedly complete. – Not least due to the soft chalk manner
PAINTERLY FINE WORKS
of the animals pictured in again and again new position and grouping in variedly rich environment in their lively naturalness, thereby only once together with man where on a mountain plateau a shepherd with a lamb in his arm chats with the resting shepherdess while a ram visibly intelligently contributes his opinion. Very charming, too, the second one of the two largest sheets in which one of the two billy-goats stretches up at a tree for feed, observed by resting sheep.
“ devoted himself with preference to animal painting … also occupied himself … with lithography … his drawings (are) quite numerous. They are held in just as high esteem by the connoisseurs as his etchings. Also ingenious lithographic sheets of him are to be found ”
1809 he became 1st lithographer and later inspector at the Lithographic Institute of the Royal Privy Council established by his stepfather and first teacher Mettenleiter. Most interestingly his throughout rare and very rare sets all originate from the early decades with 1831/32 as the last dates for such two etched “Animal Studies” as a result of a stay in Italy in 1830. To add to this yet only scant series now here & now one from the ending “incunabula age” of lithography which until now escaped both literature and surveyable trade and thereby being able to integrate above stray nine individual sheets from it, is pleasure + satisfaction at once. And may be understood as invitation
to snatch as collection-enhancing what pure chance presented .
Offer no. 15,178 / EUR 1730. / export price EUR 1644. (c. US$ 1900.) + shipping
„ Hartelijk dank voor de zorgvulige wijze … Voor mij bent u de Mercedes onder de prentenhandelaren! “
(Mijnheer P. E., 24. Januar 2008)