“ One can use them for Hunting ”

In the Interior of the Harz Mountains last time just under 200 years ago

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Les Linx sont de deux sortes, ont 2. ou 3. petis sont d’une vie longue. The Lynx, there are two Kinds, have 2. to 3. cubs, and shall live long. 9-headed lynx families – “of quite different age, and in characteristic postures ” (Th. with erroneously just 8 heads) – amongst brilliantly lit rock scenery. Etching with engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 22. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. V., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13½ × 16⅜ in (34.3 × 41.5 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Lynx, there are two Kinds

Thienemann + Schwarz 217. – Sheet 22 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – Margins 3.3-4.9 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Almost only in the white upper margin feebly foxed barely worth mentioning.

“ What a … cave , full of cracks full of clefts what burden of arched rocks , full of deep and dark vaults ! what a worthy nest of the animals … Not to no purpose: they serve us . One can use them for Hunting , and their hides have to protect us from severe cold .”

“their hides have to protect us from severe cold”

What latter should be no longer necessary for the good men of the warming age. However , after

“ The last lynxes were shot on the Harz Mountains in 1817 and 1818 … ”

they are now back again fetched patted and protected against shooting by just thought good eggheads. Nevertheless :

“ Of all game the roes suffer most by him and never a roe population will emerge where such a beast of prey does his foul work , thus his uprooting in our forests is appreciated with nothing but gratification . On the Harz Mountains in the Ilsenburg hunting district he had killed eight pieces of red deer within one summer only , among them stags , uncounted those presumably not found in those thickets and ravines … …

“ How hard he is to drive the hunts at the Harz Mountains prove , where an experienced hunt was hard on his heels through several winters before it could catch him … and there is getting at him with iron traps little and only by chance and all the harder as the bait always has to be kept fresh ”

(Riesenthal, Jagd-Lexikon, 1882, 304 f.).

Here then yet nine of the predatory animals among themselves in their very own landscape ambience , confirming Ernst Welisch’s qualification of already 1901 after which Ridinger is the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time”. Here then

of shining-marvelous quality & therefore rarity ,

for even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set frequently figure as closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted. So including present one in the rich Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner, 1894 with Reich auf Biehla and at least without platemark 1889 with Coppenrath, too.

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– – – The same. Margins above & below 2.5-3.2, laterally 4.2-4.4 cm wide. – In the white lower margin two small backed tears, one of which with old trace of adhesive tape on the back. On the back scribbles by a collector’s grandson. – Of likewise shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity.

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– – – The same not quite so unsurpassed fine and before all less wide-margined.

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„ perfekt, Vielen Dank! “

(Frau S. N., 4. Mai 2017)


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