Martin Elias Ridinger, In the Lake Ammergau, Bavaria

Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). In the Lake Ammergau in Bavaria, so a huntsman told me likewise, that as he aimed at a wild (whooper?) swan unexpectedly before he knew it also an especially big (white-tailed) eagle flew so to speak into the shot that he hit this and the other bird together. The huntsman with two hounds and an already bagged smaller bird on the left amongst a group of three trees, the fight of white-tailed eagle/swan over the open water with view on the opposite lakeside. Etching with engraving after his father’s (?) design. Inscribed: XXXII. / M. E. Ridinger. sc: A. V., otherwise in German as before. 9¾ × 13⅛ in (24.6 × 33.3 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 375; Reich auf Biehla Collection 117 ( “Extremely rare”, 1894! ); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 891 ( „Very rare“, 1900! ). – Missing as well in the 1885 Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX as 1889/90 the Coppenrath sale.

Sheet XXXII 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; the

Ammersee scenery

marked by Helbing by far margin to the other sheets of the set

with 80 Goldmark as the second highest ) ,

etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded posthumously in 1779.

Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper as Ridinger’s preferred quality

with the Roman number

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – Margins above & below 3-5.3 cm, laterally 6.2-7 cm wide. The far edge of the white lower and right margin partially most minimally age-marked, in the latter besides utterly unessential partial faint little foxing spots. In the white left margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers.

The set itself “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.). Here thus with the attack of a white-tailed eagle on a cormorant hen with juniors in the Tÿrol at the Lake Inn.

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