Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares and How They are driven by the Stoberhund (drawing)

Still  without  the  3rd  Hare

at  which , however , one  of  the  Hunters  just  aims

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Lying in wait for Hares and How They are driven by the Stoberhund. In rich hilly wooded landscape “Two Stoberhunds in the most fleetingly run” drive two – in the engraving three ! – hares before the guns of two hunters. Pencil & black chalk. C. 1729. 10¾ × 16 in (273 × 408 mm).


Dr.  Edward  Peart

(1756/58 – 1824)

his written E P. front below left

( “wrote  the  initials of  his  name  onto  each  sheet” )

Lugt 891; Nagler, Monogramists, II, 1723


(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013


Catalog Book to the Exhibition

pages 44/45 (double full-page detail illustration),

erroneously as The Spring of the Hounds as exhibited, too, + page 148/I

The preparatory drawing in reverse used for the transfer into the plate – recto traced, verso ruddled – of Thienemann 45 as sheet 33 – cf. comparative illustration –

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares and How They are driven by the Stoberhund (etching)
Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares.
Etching & engraving. (1729.)

of the Accomplished and Thorough Representations of the Excellent Princes’ Pleasure or the Noble Hunting … invented brought into Copper … Anno 1729. as Ridinger’s first hunting set now etched/engraved and published by himself.

Of the two hunters here on the left the back one still aiming while the front one just fires at the first hare in full flight with

the  fire  of  the  one  in  front  and  the  ignition  lock  of  the  one  still  aiming

very  nicely  visible .

The second hare is already shot down. On execution of the plate Ridinger seems to have noticed that the direction of the just aiming shooter’s barrel rather misses, otherwise is meant for the same target the neighbor already fires at. So he slightly changed the direction of the barrel, set the first of the two dogs somewhat back

and  established  in  the  free  space  a  third  hare .

On the other hand in the engraving the reserve gun leaning at the two already bagged hares is missing.

Fine  large-sized  early

pictorially  worked  painterly  drawing

on finely structured heavy laid paper. – The edge of the sheet somewhat age-marked with slight impairment of the “E” of the Peart initial. Here and there unobtrusively somewhat fox spotted, in the outer part of the subject below left a narrow 3 cm dirt stripe, otherwise of fine general impression.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares and How They are driven by the Stoberhund (ruddled back)
The ruddled back

From the collection of the physician practicing and publishing in London & Butterwick, Dr. Edward Peart (1756 or 1758 – Butterwick at Gainsborough 1824), “art connoisseur in London, started a collection of drawings and prints, and wrote the initials of his name onto each sheet … This collection was scattered (per 1822)” (Nagler, 1860).

Drawings from Ridinger’s hand in such quality in regard of theme , execution and – size (!) require the favor of the moment already since long and present one in such a manner

a  Ridinger  trouvaille  of  prime  degree .

Offer no. 15,438 / price on application