Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). In the Tÿrol at the Lake Inn (the Lake Wild-See near Seefeld?) it happened as I took a walk early in the morning as forest keeper there that I encountered a so-called white-tailed eagle (Th.: cormorant) with its young ones of which in this moment a large bird of prey (Th.: white-tailed eagle) tried to take a young one, and really took away. The forest keeper with his dog on the right among trees and shrubs, the attack/defence over the water near the lakeside, at the distant shore a church. Etching with engraving after presumably own design. Inscribed: XXXI. / M. E. Ridinger. sc: A. V., otherwise in German as before. 9⅞ × 13¼ in (25 × 33.5 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 374; Reich auf Biehla Collection 116 ( “Extremely rare”, 1894! ); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 890: „Very rare“ (1900!). – Missing as well in the 1885 Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX as 1889/90 the Coppenrath sale. – Sheet XXXI of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928), etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded posthumously in 1779.
Warm-toned impression of the first edition with the Roman number (“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.), laterally 5.5, otherwise 2.3-3 cm wide-margined. – The slight browning on the back shining through only minimally in the wide margin.
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