Johann Elias Ridinger, Foxes before the Earth

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Foxes before their Earth. Three he-foxes fuming and foaming at another, beside it the vixen with four whelps. Beyond of a glen a property. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann, both at Berlin. (1863/65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as above. 10⅛ × 11⅝ in (25.7 × 29.4 cm).

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album) II/13. – Cf. Thienemann 218. – From the (Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures) carried as 2nd part. – The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and comprising 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger image size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), though practically to be completed just peu à peu. In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On strong wide-margined paper. – Three very small and tiny resp. tears in the wide white lower margin acid-freely repaired.

Compared with sheet 23 of the Study of the Wild Animals the 5th full-grown fox looking from behind the trunk missing here. Also the tree decoration partly somewhat varied and shortened resp. – Without Brockes’s verses. – In regard of the certain changes and thus independant a

first-rate  addition  for  any  collection .

Offer no. 12,320 / EUR  290. / export price EUR  276. (c. US$ 334.) + shipping

also see Ridinger’s own etching of this sujet

Presently available here :

77 (of 80) tinted lithographs
in optically quite particular-fine garb
as well as

a rich selection of individual plates

„ Heute konnte ich Ihre Sendung mit dem Blatt von Ridinger … entgegennehmen. Herzlichen Dank. Es ist ein schönes Exemplar. Ich werde es klassisch rahmen lassen … Ob ich mich davon schon zur Eröffnung des … Museums trennen möchte, oder es erst nach meinem Hinscheiden den Weg dorthin finden wird, ist noch nicht bestimmt. (Es sind ja da noch die anderen [3] Blätter, welche ich zuvor [anderwärts] erstanden hatte …). Vorerst werde ich mit Freude den Anblick geniessen und verbleibe mit besten Grüssen … “

(Frau E. S., 2. September 2016)


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