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Martin Elias Ridinger, Stags by August Wilhelm of Braunschweig-BevernMartin Elias Ridinger, Roes by August Wilhelm of Braunschweig-Bevern

The Hunting Luck

of Frederick the Great’s General

Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). These stags No. 1 and No. 2 so had just one quite well grown antler the first on the left, the other on the right side, however, were opposite to the other antler deficient and abnormal – have His Highness Augustus William Duke of Brunswick Bevern (“The marshal of Frederick the Great known under the name Duke of Bevern”, Brunswick 1715 – Stettin 1781 ) – stalked himself, the first in the Lörsisch Heath in the year 1759,, the other in the year 1750 in royal Prussian Anterior Pomerania in the Falchenwald forest. the No. 3,, so equally very strange in the year 1759 in the Mützzelburg hunting ground ditto shot,, And the No. 4 so on one side with just one point, on the other, however, with its points grown back and forth one has found dead near Old Stettin. Resting group of four with fawn in bizarre hilly landscape.


These Roe Bucks so also show rare growth of nature and in their kind have a lot variable and pretty, equally by His Ducal Highness Augustus William Sir Duke of Brunswick Bevern. The No. 1. so shows like a crown and in the centre a unified grown protruding small antlers was shot in the royal Farther Pomeranian Mühlenbeck forest hunting ground = the No. 2. in Anterior Pomerania in the high noble Stoltzenburg Heath in the year 1767. But the one with antlers standing up and down No. 3. shot several years before in the Oder fen at Stettin called the Black Place. And finally also No. 4. so was especially strong and large, and showed up to 13 points, of which four also were grown backwards quite below at the crown, was stalked by high hand in Farther Pomerania in the Hochkrug hunting ground. Lively group of four with fawn, refreshing in a pool at the edge of the wood. Set back slightly hilly landscape.

2 sheet. Etching with engraving (after his father’s design?). Inscribed: VII. and VIII. resp. / Martin Elias Ridinger Sculp. and Mart. El. Ridinger Sc. resp., otherwise each in German as before. 13¾-13⅞ × 10⅛-10¼ in (35-35.1 × 25.8-25.9 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 350/51; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1870 + Reich auf Biehla Collection 97, both (1885 + 1894 resp.) only Th. 350, thereof the Silesian copy without platemark + mounted. – As then Th. 351 missing also in the 1889/90 Coppenrath torso of the set (no. 1546 of the 2nd division). – In the collection of market sweeper Georg Hamminger (1895) both sheets figured solely within his 44 and 46-sheet resp. almost complete sets (“mostly with wide margin, some sheets with inscription only and mounted. Present very rare sheets.”), yet not with further duplicates as many other of the set.

The pair VII/VIII 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 Johann Elias’ eldest after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded 1779.

The most northerly situated , in respect of both place and potentate

the two single ones among the about 1600 sheets of Ridinger’s œuvre ,

worked additionally as pair

(“arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too”, Th., the latter proven here, rarely that fine, by the two tiny holes in the white upper margin each exact to the dot as marks of their being stitched together) in besides evenly strong,

splendidly warm-toned impressions

with the Roman numbers

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.; in the mid of the 19th century present ones figured i. a. by substitution per Arab numbers 69/70 in the 3rd edition of the Most Wondrous Deer)

from the old estate of a nobleman

and in such a manner preserved perfectly

and in regard of a date of the event of still 1767 as the year of the father’s death (April 10), also the, however by no means decisive, only inscription by Martin Elias, possibly worked entirely by himself.

On strong laid paper, at least VII with typographic watermark (WANGEN as the preferred quality of the Ridingers?). – Margins above & below 5.3-6.3 cm, laterally 2.7-4.2 cm wide. At the utmost white upper edge of VII faint foxspot, the outer edge of the lower margin of VIII quite minimally browned and with traces of crease.

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