“ In  Animal  Painting  also  distinguished  themselves …”

Thoman(n) von Hagelstein, Tobias Heinrich (1700 Augsburg 1764). Elk or Moose Hunt. In the center the rearing elk grasped by the neck by two hounds. One hound thrown, others partly rushing in from the right just as three mounted huntsmen. Another one on foot from the left. Far behind further elk. Mezzotint printed in blue. Inscribed: T. H.Thom. invent. et fecit. 14¾ × 19 in (37.3 × 48.2 cm).

Not in Schwerdt. – Watermark Great Crown with Coat of Arms. – Sheet G.2 of a set. – Latin distich + German quatrain :

Tobias Heinrich Thoman von Hagelstein, Elk or Moose Hunt

The  hounds  cannot  overtake  the  elk  deer ,
If  not  the  falling  sickness  befalls  the  same ;
And  so  then  they  have  to  pay  for  the  bag  dearly ,
For  their  head  is  smashed  by  many  a  beat .

Margins on three sides 1-1.5 cm wide, on the right and up to 6 cm around the lower corner trimmed to the subject, but added. Throughout smoothed age-creasing, in the caption left small tear with trace of scraping, some pin-like holes and here and there break through of the platemark and the crease resp. Generally thus evidently time-marked, but most largely eliminated by the passepartout. The impression itself fine,

the  sheet  very  rare , the  scenery  instructive .

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. 28,144 / EUR  404. / export price EUR  384. (c. US$ 464.) + shipping

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(Frau S. P., 25. Mai 2013)


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