The Forester from the Tyrolese Lake Inn

— Lake Wild-See near Seefeld ? —

for Helbing 1900 one of the most valuable sheets of the set

And 1971 for Walter Kempowski an Aperçu to his Novel

Ridinger, Martin Elias (1731 Augsburg 1780). In the Tÿrol at the Lake Inn (the Lake Wild-See near Seefeld?) it happened as I took a walk early in the morning as forest keeper there that I encountered a so-called white-tailed eagle (Th.: cormorant) with its young ones of which in this moment a large bird of prey (Th.: white-tailed eagle) tried to take a young one, and really took away. The forest keeper with his dog on the right among trees and shrubs, the attack/defence over the water near the lakeside, at the distant shore a church. Etching with engraving after presumably own design. Inscribed: XXXI. / M. E. Ridinger. sc: A. V., otherwise in German as before. 9⅞ × 13¼ in (25 × 33.5 cm).

Martin Elias Ridinger, In the Tÿrol at Lake Inn (Wildsee near Seefeld?)

Thienemann + Schwarz 374; Reich auf Biehla Collection 116 ( “Extremely rare”, 1894! ); Hamminger Collection 1620 (only within his almost complete set “including very rare sheets. Several ones only with letter margin and mounted”, 1895!); Helbing XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 890: „Very rare“ (1900!). – Missing as well in the 1885 Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX as 1889/90 the Coppenrath sale. – Sheet XXXI 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

Tyrolese Lake Inn scenery

marked by Helbing with 50 Goldmark

and thus with great margin to the gross of the other 42 ) ,

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

At which not only after realization here Martin Elias’ impact on the Ridinger œuvre is much larger than that of an engaged co-worker as engraver only. Already at an age of thirty he just acted as a spiritus rector behind the scene ensuring that sets were completed or, as here, published posthumously.

And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, 1966, pp. 16 f. + pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Bison and the Crocodile, from the Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute together, because judging by the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect illustrating deeply the Ridinger teamwork.

Johann Elias’ hand as draughtsman in this case not supported by his inscription, yet, though regarded by Thienemann as rough,

thematically very fine and in regard of the place very rare .

Compiling recourses of Martin Elias appear possible with one or another sheet of this set.

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 sheet XXXII – In the Lake Ammergau in Bavaria … – , the attack of a white-tailed eagle on a wild (whooper?) swan with the huntsman together with hounds now on the left behind trees.

To our Tyrolese lake , however ,

and Ridinger’s caption to present sheet quoted verbatim without reference

to source/title Walter Kempowski’s (Rostock 1929 – Rotenburg/Wümme 2007) attention was directed within his novel Tadellöser & Wolff, published 1971 and 1975 made into a two-part film by ZDF, Germany’s second channel TV broadcast, “in which the author digests memories of his childhood and youth in the years 1938 till 1945. The work … forms the fourth part of his 9-volume Deutsche Chronik“ (Wikipedia Feb. 9, 2017) as a story of the decline of German middle class in the 20th century by means of his own family’s history, with the title, following a phrase of his father’s, Karl Kempowski, derived from Löser & Wolff, the Berlin-Elbing cigar and tobacco producer established 1865 and temporarily largest in Europe.

Lars Bardram describes and illustrates the sheet by means of the copy here as passage annotation (2017) to page 348 of the novel, the interleaved copy of which in the Kempowski Archive in Berlin.

Warm-toned impression of the first edition

with the Roman number

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.) with margins laterally 5.5, otherwise 2.3-3 cm wide. – The slight browning on the back shining through only minimally in the wide margin.

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– – – The same in warm-toned, particularly below visibly more wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman. – See the complete description.

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