… even  more  so  if  it’s  about  the  Growth  of  the  Stag’s  Antlers ! Here  then  to  the  10th


Joseph Georg Wintter’s

the  Early  Completed

Brow  Beam  Formation

Joseph Georg Wintter, Brow Beam Formation & Spike Strength per April 10 (drawing)


Spike  Strength  Findings

« … always  better  than  Riedinger »

Wilhelm Gottfried von Moser , forest cameralist , b. 1729 ,

per Forstarchiv 1788 , vol. IV , pp. 280 ff.

« This  man  has  extraordinary  talents »

Lorenz von Westenrieder , historian , b. 1748 ,

1785 per letter to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright

Joseph Georg Wintter

1751 Munich 1789


The  Like  Missing  with  Ridinger

Drawn  Growth  of  the  Antlers

per  April 10

This Stag his Head presents (?, equivalent: speaks) of a fiendish and quite deceitful look, which cannot be trusted. Stag head with formed brow beams and the spikes having grown stronger per April 10. With part of the neck to the left. Pen and brown ink. C. 1787. Inscribed: JGW (ligatet): inv. del d… Arbrill ao 17…, otherwise in German as above. 3⅞ × 6⅛ in (98 × 156 mm).

Cf. Niemeyer 105 & walls of the ridinger gallery niemeyer 2, ills. 5. – Fully executed, yet utterly differently entitled preparatory study for the head of the April stag as sheet 5 of the etched 12-sheet set The Setting Up or Growth of the Stag’s Antlers from 1787

“ April  10

the  brow  beam  is  formed

Joseph Georg Wintter, Brow Beam & Spike Strength on April 10 (etching)


the  spikes  grow  stronger ”

comparative illustration , not part of the offer

On chamois-colored light laid paper. – On the right trimmed with loss of two figures each of day & year. Upper edge on the back with remains of previous mounting.

Beside its unusual as interesting inscription accompanied by dominant signature

extraordinarily  pictorial , thematically  generally  quite  rare  work

of the small work of the early consummate Electoral-Bavarian Court and Hunting Engraver and member of the electoral academy at Dusseldorf, who was just 1787 even promoted 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], whose Forstökonomie of 1757 is considered as formal foundation of the science of forestry generally), yet till today remained outside of the small, however growing circle of intimate connoisseurs under the lee of Ridinger and his continuing overwhelming impact, irrespective of voices of important contemporaries calling to attention like Moser’s conclusion putting drawing as etching as standing in its “treatment between … Hollar and Riedinger” (Nagler) in a nutshell

“ always  better  than  Riedinger ”

in the noble Forst-Archiv (vol. IV, 1788, pp. 280 ff.) retaining as second forestry periodical “for a long time an honorable place among the specialist periodicals”, or that of 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 (Studien zur Entwicklung der Münchener Landschaftsmalerei v. Ende d. 18. u. v. Anfang des 19. Jh., “one of the earliest [among] the early beginnings of Munich landscape painting”) and Wolf (Die Entdeckung der Münchener Landschaft, illustrating seven of his etchings) resp. had put him into starting holes unrelated to the hunt.

Present work belonging to the hunt once more in such a manner speaking for itself. And at the same time confirming Nagler also in this respect, according to whom he

“ yet  preferred … to  do  his  studies  in  the  hunting  ground ”  itself .

That strangely enough the theme of the formation of the stag’s antlers was not treated by Ridinger makes Wintter’s suite of etchings the more valuable. And his present drawing for it

additionally  precious .

Offer no. 15,652 / sold

(The Setting Up or Growth of the Stag’s Antlers.) Catalog with reduced reproduction of the 12-sheet set of etchings Niemeyer 101-112, II (Nagler 3) from 1787. (1993.) 8 unnum. ll. With 12 illustrations of the prints and 1 another etching of a differing original drawing of the deer park at Nymphenburg near Munich of 1785, all full size. Orig. stitching with armorial vignette on front wrapper (this in red + black).

Supposedly the first complete reproduction of this also zoologically valuable set, published as no. 2 of the „walls of the ridinger gallery niemeyer“.

Request no. 13,098 / token fee  EUR  10. (c. US$ 12.) + postage

“ I have no need to ask reference about you because I know your name like one of the best on the market. Thank you again for your request and my best regards ”

(Sig. U. B., October 30, 2009)