One of Ridinger’s only Two Own Saxon Motifs

Dug out on the Completion of Hubertusburg Castle ,


in Salutation

of the Conclusion of Peace there in 1763

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This very rare white badger which was speckled with yellow reddish and dark chestnut spots has been dug out and hounded in the park at St. Hubertusburg (near Leipsic) the 5th 9bris in the year of 1724. On a pass to the right, certain of its future, and basking in the sun. Behind it rocks and woods, in front wild herbs on low rocks. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1763.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculpsit., otherwise in German as before. 14 × 10⅜ in (35.4 × 26.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 316; Reich auf Biehla Collection 71; publications of the ridinger gallery niemeyer 20, no. 54 with ills. – Missing in the Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885). – Sheet 74 of the only posthumously completed set of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals, together the first of these executed by son Martin Elias, who overcame his father’s weariness starting about 1756 by this. Because just four sheets still etched by Johann Elias himself, Th. 312-315, were published during the Seven Years’ War. And of the final 27 starting smoothly in 1763 only six were executed by himself. Therefore the caesura given for the work by the

Ridinger, White Badger

Hubertusburg “Peace” Badger

is obvious. The following sheets, also etched by Martin Elias, concern events from 1763 and thus allow for the general chronological classification of the one here, too.

But analogously to the “salutatory works” Th. 274 f. to the return to Munich of the Wittelsbach elector Charles Albert as Roman-German emperor Charles VII in 1744, historically ascertained by the dating (1744) and the textual actualizing (“Imperial” pleasure seats), and based on its proven anyway near chronological surrounding and thus besides its missing date, the work of the Hubertusburg badger here may be valued, too, as being

dedicated to the conclusion of peace there 255 years ago .

That historical peace by which the Seven Years’ War as

a global conflict of modern dimensions

found its conclusion

and Prussia was established as a European power .

“ A famous name Hubertusburg obtained by the peace made there Febr. 15, 1763 … ”

(Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., VIII, 752/I). And

“ Since the peace treaty to the Seven Years’ War was concluded at Hubertusburg, the name of the saint will be mentioned in this composition for all times ”

(Schlieker per Hubertusfeiern im Jagdschloss Hubertusburg within Die Verehrung des hl. Hubertus im Wandel der Jahrhunderte, 2016, pp. 153-156).

“ Color variations generally are very rare with the badger,

yet least often that of white color ”

(Wilhelm von Tessin on occasion of the shooting of such one near Tübingen 1836 per Merkwürdige Unterabart des Dachses red-hot in Allgemeine Forst- und Jagd-Zeitung with reference to Jester, Über die kleine Jagd, pt. 5, 1800, who documents an earlier one dug out and hunted in East Prussia about 1770.

In context with the white Hubert stag yet downright trouvaillesque .

The drawing, black chalk heightened with white on bluish paper, in the Ridinger appendix of Weigel’s catalog of the bequested drawings of 1869 under position 380.

“ As I have seen then in particular here in Saxony at Hubertus=Burg and remarked … and at Ludwigsburg, in Württemberg … then have celebrated most solemnly the St. Hubert Feast with hunting pleasures and other amusements full 8 days ”

(Döbel, Jäger=Practica, 3rd ed. [1783], II, 116)

In local regard though the zoologically rare badger is together with the equestrian portrait of elector Frederick Augustus II as Polish king Augustus III (Th. 830; “lived as enthusiastic hunter mostly in Hubertusburg Castle”, op. cit. II, p. 96/I)

one of Ridinger’s only two own Saxon motifs .

Because the one from the board Zoll in Electoral Saxony combined with that of Hesse-Darmstadt in Th. 385 only came to Saxony when its messenger, the painter Johann Georg Stockmar had already moved from Saxony to Darmstadt.

Marvelous impression rich in contrast and a warm tone on buff laid paper. On the back marginal tape around from previous framing and a corresponding light streak on the front in the 2.8-5.1 cm wide white margin. Small backed tear lower left.

Offer no. 13,222 / EUR  654. / export price EUR  621. (c. US$ 751.) + shipping

“ Received the Heron Hawking today, it is exceptionally nice. Thank you for packing so carefully … ”

(Mr. L. A. F., December 6, 2005)


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