Travelled throughout Europe :
Stalking the Small Game
with Hamburg’s “successful Animal Painter”
( Thieme-Becker )
Krüger, Eugen (Altona/Hamburg 1832 – Düsternbrook/Kiel 1876). Chalk lithographs printed with mostly beige tone plate from the FIRST EDITION of the 22 sheet set incl. title (The Hunt drawn and lithographed) (Souhart 275; Rump 40). (1861-62.) C. 9⅞ × 12⅝ in (25 × 32 cm).
Not in Schwerdt! – Thieme-Becker XXI, 593 + Boetticher I/2, 808 f., each with the second edition only published in 1867 as (Game and Forest). – On light cardboard. – On the back mostly slight to minimal foxing only, on the front side only isolated within the picture and then superposed by the tone plate, otherwise affecting the white margin only.
On occasion of the new edition of 1867 honoured
with the Prussian Medal for the Arts
the painterly suite as a whole – and all the more in its largely unknown original edition which was spread over 7 issues – is
of outmost rarity.
Krüger, “landscape and animal painter, also lithographer … learned lithography in Altona and in Vienna, before he turned to landscape painting … settled (after travels and studies in Dusseldorf) in Hamburg where he started his album on hunting ‘Game and Forest’, that, completed in 1867 (new edition! see above), was honoured with the Prussian Medal of the Arts”. His travels led him throughout Europe, his early death caused his work being small and thus desired. “An ‘Eugen Krüger (Memorial) Exhibition’ with works mostly in private collections … took place in Hamburg in early 1877” (Boetticher).
Snipe Hunt. In front at the water to attentive hounds, the birds at which one of the hunters in the reed points his gun already in view.
Offer no. 28,889 / EUR 340. / export price EUR 323. (c. US$ 390.) + shipping
Wood Grouse Courting. (Morning.) Cowered behind a rock on the hilltop the hunter points his gun at the courting capercaillie. Mountain and fir wood decoration.
Offer no. 28,891 / EUR 430. / export price EUR 409. (c. US$ 494.) + shipping
Badger Hunt with badger finder. In a misty moonlit night the latter holds a badger at bay, the three huntsmen with lantern still approaching.
Offer no. 28,892 / EUR 360. / export price EUR 342. (c. US$ 413.) + shipping
Foxes at the Earth. Before the hole in thick underwood two playing young foxes while the old vixen only shows her head among the foliage.
Offer no. 28,893 / EUR 290. / export price EUR 276. (c. US$ 334.) + shipping
Fox Lodge. Winter scenery in a full moon. On the clearing a dead horse at which the fox is caught by the fire from the hut. A second one tries to get out of harm’s way.
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Rabbit Hunt with the ferret. One is catched by the assistant when leaving the earth while others are caught in nets or already laid to the bag besides the pickaxe. Meanwhile the hunter reloads. On the left the cage for the ferrets.
Offer no. 28,895 / EUR 340. / export price EUR 323. (c. US$ 390.) + shipping
Drive up to Red Deer. In front at the edge of a meadow two antlers with three hinds. Far off in the background the hunting wagon suspiciously looked at.
Offer no. 28,896 / EUR 380. / export price EUR 361. (c. US$ 436.) + shipping
“ It came! My plate [already documented as lost] was delivered and it is in excellent condition. I cannot explain all of the delays or what happened. It is in the original packaging that you described and it was delivered by DHL, not the postal service (as far as I can tell – it was left on the porch [!!]). So thank you and so glad that this long story has such a nice ending. It was nice dealing with you, thank you for the plate! ”
(Mrs. J. C., May 8, 2010)