Gabriel Spitzel/Johann Jacob Ridinger, Johann Christoph Thenn Parson of St Ulric, Augsburg

Johann Jacob Ridinger (1736 Augsburg 1784). M. Johann Christoph Thenn of Augsburg Protestant Parson at St. Ulric … Three-quarter portrait standing under raised curtain, the left laid over opened bible, the right raised accordingly angled. Mezzotint after Gabriel Spitzel (also Spizel, 1697 Augsburg 1760). Inscribed: Gabriel Spitzel pinxit. / Joh. Jacob Ridinger sculps. A.V., otherwise in German as above + following. 15⅞ × 10½-10⅝ in (40.3 × 26.7-26.9 cm).

Provenance: Alexander Count of Faber-Castell (1866-1928), his Ridinger sale 1958 with its lot no. 148 on the underlay carton; Radulf Count at Castell-Rüdenhausen (1922-2004).

Th.-Stillfried (1876) + Schwarz (1910) 1436, both first state only; Hamminger Collection 1887 ( “Very rare Sheet”, 1895; without remark to the state ); Faber-Castell (1958) 148.

Not in Thienemann himself (1856) , Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pts. I-XXVIII (1838/57) , Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885) , Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.) , Reich auf Biehla (1894) , Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger; 1900) , Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940).

Undescribed second state with additional 6th line as having not become known to Stillfried + Schwarz. Both concurring with but 5 lines caption, closing with “born in the year 1729, 28th Oct. / Appointed to the office of sermonizing in the year 1758.” Here then followed by “To the vicarage 1771 and to the senior councilor 1776.”.

Spitzel, on friendly terms with Johann Jacob’s father Johann Elias Ridinger for whom he arranged the important early stays at Count/Baron von Metternich in Regensburg, was himself also mezzotint artist and publisher, closed the publishing house in 1739 though in favor of mobility (i. a. Gera, Halle, Köthen, Berlin, since 1756 in Augsburg again). Thieme-Becker XXXI (1937), 391 f. mention among his portrait paintings of protestant parsons only those of Rentz + Schleißner, the latter at the Church of the Holy Cross in Augsburg.

Below with margin of 12 mm, on the left with irregularly fine (little) margin, top + below mostly trimmed to the edge of plate/subject, but still larger then Baron Gutmann’s copy (Schwarz) with just 15⅝ × 10½ in (39.8 × 26.8 cm). The visible traces of age (smoothed creasiness, horizontal centerfold with tear of 3 cm, one such also in the curtain at the upper margin of the subject, four unessential-tiny scrape off injuries, the partial reverse fox-spotting perceptible from front in the text field only) contrasted by the proven general scarceness of the sheet, magnified by the undescribed state perpetuating parson Thenn’s professional way.

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