Religious  Peace  of  Augsburg  on  the  Scene

St. Ulric

Here  its  Protestant  Parson  of  the  Ridinger  Age

in  Undescribed  Second  State

in  the  Copy  Counts  Faber-Castell

Ridinger, Johann Jacob (1736 Augsburg 1784). M. Johann Christoph Thenn of Augsburg Protestant Parson at St. Ulric … Three-quarter portrait standing under raised curtain, the left laid over opened bible, the right raised accordingly angled. Mezzotint after Gabriel Spitzel (also Spizel, 1697 Augsburg 1760). Inscribed: Gabriel Spitzel pinxit. / Joh. Jacob Ridinger sculps. A.V., otherwise in German as above + following. 15⅞ × 10½-10⅝ in (40.3 × 26.7-26.9 cm).

Gabriel Spitzel/Johann Jacob Ridinger, Johann Christoph Thenn Parson of St Ulric, Augsburg


Counts Faber-Castell

their Ridinger sale 1958
with its lot no. 148
on the underlay carton

Radulf Count at Castell-Rüdenhausen


Th.-Stillfried (1876) + Schwarz (1910) 1436, both first state only; Hamminger Collection 1887 ( “Very rare Sheet”, 1895; without remark to the state ); Counts Faber-Castell (1958) 148.

Not  in  Thienemann himself (1856) , Weigel, Art Stock Catalog, pts. I-XXVIII (1838/57) , Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885) , Coppenrath Collection (1889 f.) , Reich auf Biehla (1894) , Helbing XXXIV (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger; 1900) , Rosenthal, Ridinger list 126 (1940).

Undescribed  second  state

with  additional  6th  line

as having not become known to Stillfried + Schwarz. Both concurring with but 5 lines caption, closing with “born in the year 1729, 28th Oct. / Appointed to the office of sermonizing in the year 1758.” Here then followed by

“To  the  vicarage  1771  and  to  the  senior  councilor  1776.”.

Spitzel, on friendly terms with Johann Jacob’s father Johann Elias Ridinger for whom he arranged the important early stays at Count/Baron von Metternich in Regensburg, was himself also mezzotint artist and publisher, closed the publishing house in 1739 though in favor of mobility (i. a. Gera, Halle, Köthen, Berlin, since 1756 in Augsburg again). Thieme-Becker XXXI (1937), 391 f. mention among his portrait paintings of protestant parsons only those of Rentz + Schleißner, the latter at the Church of the Holy Cross in Augsburg.

Below with margin of 12 mm, on the left with irregularly fine (little) margin, top + below mostly trimmed to the edge of plate/subject, but still larger then Baron Gutmann’s copy (Schwarz) with just 15⅝ × 10½ in (39.8 × 26.8 cm). The visible traces of age (smoothed creasiness, horizontal centerfold with tear of 3 cm, one such also in the curtain at the upper margin of the subject, four unessential-tiny scrape off injuries, the partial reverse fox-spotting perceptible from front in the text field only) contrasted by the proven general scarceness of the sheet, magnified by

the  undescribed  state  perpetuating  parson  Thenn’s  professional  way

as disregarded for Faber-Castell in 1958. En passant at the same time as

an  early  example  of  Protestant-Catholic  ecumenicity

with St. Ulric as joint church.

Offer no. 14,875 / EUR  230. (c. US$ 278.) + shipping

“ Pursuant to your last kind e-mail, I am placing my personal check in the amount of US$ … in the mail today. When it arrive, please send the print … It has been a pleasure dealing with you ”

(Mr. + Mrs. R. G. S., October 30, 2002)


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