Ridinger’s Rutting Rivals – Joined in One
Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). Crying Stag of Odd 8 Points in Rutting Season. Standing at the wooded bank of a suggested water and looking to the other side. Etching. Sheet size 4 × 6¼ in (10.2 × 15.8 cm).
Niemeyer 121. – Before the letter? – With mostly still fine margin around the subject. Smoothed little fold perceptible only in the sky part.
ESPECIALLY RARE ,
MARVELOUS IMPRESSION OF THE FIRST STATE
on laid paper with the large torso of a figurative watermark. – Obviously not related to any of the Nagler sets and neither included in the 44-sheet Augsburg omnibus edition Schwerdt III, 190. a (“Rare”, 1928 ) of 1821 the earliest. The 137-sheet complete edition Weigel 21336
– “ Most sheets very rare ”, 1857 ! –
yet here not provable elsewhere. Could be related to Niemeyer 124, a shot deer of odd (?) 14 points. Thematically, however,
the fine sujet corresponds with the midnight sheet (Th. 241)
of the Ridinger set of the “ Deer’s Four Times of Day ”
whose two rivals are joined here in one animal.
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 adopted conclusion
“ always better than Riedinger ”
or Lorenz von Westenrieder of the same age (b. 1748, theologian, yet especially historian; “has generally an impressionable eye for scenic beauties” [Höhn]), who praised him highly in his 1783 “Almanac of Human History in Bavaria” and in 1785 wrote to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright in Leipsic:
“ This man has extraordinary talents .”
Finding its expression ultimately in the statement of Thieme-Becker XXXVI (1947), 79 f.
“ Next Ridinger the best German depictor of the hunt of the 18th century ”
after yet already 1909 and 1921 resp. Höhn (Studies on the Development of Munich Landscape Painting from the End of the 18th and the Early 19th Centuries: “one of the earliest“ among “the early beginnings of Munich Landscape Painting”) and Wolf (The Discovery of the Munich Landscape, illustrating seven of his etchings) resp. had put him into starting holes unrelated to the hunt.
Present work once more belonging to the hunt, though a sidetrack, in such a manner speaking for itself. And at the same time confirming also in this regard Nagler’s note of 1851 in the Künstler-Lexicon, according to which he
“ yet preferred … to do his studies in the hunting ground ” itself .
And, continuing, 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.
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