Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Cautious Prudence overcomes Malice! The fox posing as a scholar vainly tries to dupe the cock. This himself in the richly composed poultry yard with, amongst others, peacocks, turkeys, goose from Astrachan, Turkish ducks. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger inv. del. sculp. et excud. 1743, otherwise as above in German, Latin, and French. 13¼ × 10⅛ in (33.5 × 25.8 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 765; Metzner-Raabe, Illustr. Fabelbuch, 1998, vol. II (Bodemann), 123.I. – Sheet 1 of the intellectually as optically exceedingly charming “Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom for Improvement of the Manners and especially for Instruction of the Youth”.
Figurative watermark. – Lying loosely on bluish-grey laid paper of the early 18th century watermarked SICKTE (the von Veltheim paper mill there) along with a C, open to the left, under crown with cross and orb on which it was mounted in the second half of the 19th century. – With a white platemark of about 5 mm mostly trimmed to its edge. Quite isolated minimal brown spots, small tear upper left in the white platemark.
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