Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Rocky Landscape with a Group of seven Eagles/Predatory Birds. Partially stumped black chalk with light grey-brown wash, edged by black pen. Inscribed with brown pen in left out paper field lower center: Johann Elias Ridinger del A. 1744. 11½-11¾ × 10¼ in (293-300 × 260 mm).

Pictorially completely executed, very charming preparatory work to Predatory Birds at Daylight of the same year, Th. 273, yet with one additional bird.

Accordingly the rank of the work here based on especially two facts. For once to present knowledge here it is of at most two preparatory works the only one to Thienemann 273 signed + dated! Then, and this makes for its quite special collectible charm, it deviates evidently from the final product of the same year!

On chamois laid paper with watermark Large Fleur-de-lis over Strasbourg coat of arms. The signature below the borderline accompanied by a fine margin cut free as not unusual for Ridinger. A few hardly perceptible brown stipples, otherwise very fine.

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