Johann Elias Ridinger, Compulsory Trap before the Earth of a Badger

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Compulsory Trap before the Earth of a Badger. In fine mountainscape Master Brock just leaves his earth – and thus rushes into his destruction. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 9¾ × 14½ in (24.9 × 36.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 92; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 41. – Not in the 1999 Ridinger catalog Darmstadt. – The preparatory drawing in reverse from February 1748 then in the Schwerdt Collection (III, 217/3). – Sheet 24 of the instructive 30-sheet set Ways to trap the Wild Animals (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”, Schwerdt 1928, and “Rarest of All Hunting Sets by Ridinger” [Halle, Munich 1928, LXVIII/323]), as a whole missing even in Helbing’s monumental offer Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger (catalog XXXIV [1900], 1554 lots). – With 6 lines caption detailed a-f.

On strong laid paper. – 5-6 mm margin around the itself 8-9 mm wide white platemark. – As painterly as instructive.

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