“ In  Animal  Painting  also  distinguished  themselves …”

Thoman(n) von Hagelstein, Tobias Heinrich (1700 Augsburg 1764). Chamois Hunt. Four groups of hunters, two of them with hounds, at different places hunting with pike and rifle. Mezzotint printed in blue. Inscribed: T.H.Thoman inve. et excud. 14⅜ × 19⅛ in (36.6 × 48.5 cm).

Schwerdt III, 171 d; Blüchel, Die Jagd, I, 149 as color illustration varyingly shortened at the edges (this copy). – Watermark Great Crown with Coat of Arms. – Sheet 3.L. of a set. – Latin distich + German quatrain:

Tobias Heinrich Thoman von Hagelstein, Chamois Hunt

A  fast  leap  though  often  saves  the  chamois ,
When  they  flee  easily  from  one  rock  onto the  other ,
Alone , as  here  and  there  the  huntsmen  endeavor ,
So  they  are  quite  easily  felled  by  shot  and  spear .

Margins on three sides 1.5 cm wide, on the right trimmed to the subject, but added. Throughout smoothed age-creasing, some pin-like tiny holes, small hair crack in the left upper margin of the image and here and there break through of the platemark. Generally thus significantly time-marked, but most largely eliminated by the passepartout. The impression itself fine,

the  sheet  very  rare , the  scenery  instructive

for a detail of cultural-historical hunting practice :

“ The huntsmen wield long pikes with sickle-shaped blades mounted below the top to cut through from below the ankle-sinews of the hind legs of the game fleeing into the rock ”


On the artist dynasty of the Thomans originating from Lindau and flourishing more than 200 years see Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie XXXVIII, 65 f. Present Tobias Heinrich, youngest son of Ernst Philipp, represented here likewise by precious mezzotints, applied himself – “supposedly under the influence of the Ridingers” (Th.-B.) – especially to the animal subject, but hardly in oil as Welisch’s “In animal painting still excelled …” suggests. Nonetheless, so the latter continuing in Contributions to the History of the Augsburg Painters in the 18th Century, 1901, page 93, he was

“ highly  rated  by  Ridinger , too ”.

Like his father’s mezzotints his are that scarce that even to Nagler (Künstler-Lexicon XVIII, 1848, 360) they were known from hearsay only:

“ P. v. Stetten says … that in later time Thomann has executed several sheet in mezzotint manner which present animals, and the same he says of E. Ph. Thomann von Hagelstein. ”

Yet in such a way they are trouvailles still surpassing their technically conditioned preciousness. For already in 1675 the expert von Sandrart figured “clean copies” of the velvety mezzotint manner at only about “50-60 (!) … soon after, however, (the picture) grinds off for it not goes deeply into the copper”. Present execution as printed in blue finally an ultimate superelevation, for to the most wily collector drawings and prints on blue paper are worth yet the steepest shooting path.

Offer no. 28,142 / EUR  496. / export price EUR  471. (c. US$ 569.) + shipping

“ Thank you very much for your prompt and very cooperative handling of this order. I very much look forward to seeing the map ”

(Mr. D. R.-H., January 26, 2005)


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