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Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Stag of 28 Points has been shot by His Highness the ruling landgrave – Louis VIII – at Hesse-Darmstadt near Battenberg in the forest of the same name on October 10, 1742. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et exc. Aug. Vind. 1753, otherwise in German as above. 13¾ × 9⅞ in (34.9 × 25.2 cm).

Sheet 57 (Thienemann + Schwarz 299; Ridinger Catalogue Darmstadt, 1999, VI.3, ills.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger, 1999, pp. 28 f. with ills.) of the 101-sheet set Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals published since 1735 at the latest.

Thematic  pendant

to the also already dead Snub-Eared Main Boar guarded by a Packer (Th. 300, illustrated in Catalogue Darmstadt VI.4 + Siebert-Weitz p. 31), the figuration of which above is closed in an arch, too, and “with that it belongs together within the set” (S.-Weitz). As Ridinger has dedicated his most famous copper-works, the imperial pendants Th. 67/68, to the stag-boar-relation, too.

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