Johann Elias Ridinger, The Par Force Hunt

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Chasse par force. The Par Force Hunt. “In the foreground of an open wooded landscape … One pack is at the heels of the tired stag … Behind of it plenty hunters at a gallop, the first one blows the horn, the others have drawn the sword to give it the coup-de-grâce. Further behind hunters rest with packs of hounds, horses stand on relay and some riders ride hard about. A vivid picture” (Th.). Etching with engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et exc. A.V. / avec privil. de Sa. Maj. Imperiale., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16½ in (33.6 ×x 42 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 21; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – Illustrations: Deutsches Leben der Vergangenheit, Eugen Diederichs Verlag, ill. 1478; Blüchel, Die Jagd, 1996, vol. I, page 133; Wolfgang Wüst, Ein frühmodernes Land im Jagdfieber – Das „ius venandi“ der Markgrafen von Brandenburg-Ansbach, in Triesdorfer Hefte 9, Die Jagd der Markgrafen von Brandenburg-Ansbach in der Frühmoderne, 2010, p. 18 (this copy).

From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 9th sheet. – Watermark Large Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?) visible in outline only. – Margins on three sides 3-3.7, on the right 4.7 cm wide. – Small paper injury at the stitching margin above.

“ Such happens with par force hounds, mounted … the stag is driven by the hunt as the principal pleases for a long time and that after the scent, until he finally resigns to the hunter and hounds quite exhaustedly … as then the hounds are called off of the noble stag or taken away, the stag then is dismembered, and the hounds get their right of it, and thus are fed. ”


– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” –



as in such quality rare of old.

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(Frau A. B., 4. April 2003)


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