Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Hares are catched with Nets

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Chasse de Lievres. How the Hares are catched with Nets. In hilly tree landscape with church district set back at the center wild-lively scenery of hounding & slaying hounds, in their kind hounding & slaying men, and the minority of the hares anxious for their ears of which one on the far left succeeds in taking it to its heels. Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: avec privil. de Sa Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger invent. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16¼ in (33.5 × 41.2 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 44; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 32nd sheet.

For a drawn variant in ink representing the taking out of the hares see Weigel’s catalog of 1869, Ridinger appendix 486. The church district in turn figures in reverse in a detail drawing to Th. 46, the Hare Hunt with Hounds, passed here more recently into Bavarian private collection.

Ridinger, Hares catched with Nets (Detail)
How the Hares are catched with Nets (detail)

“ … this kind to catch them with nets is the most pernicious for them, as it takes many of them at the same time … They are driven with Stober and other hunting dogs under the lead of many people through a whole district to the nets … to speak sportsmanlike one says. The hare is quick, it cries, runs, goes into, bucks, breeds, makes room, grazes, is hunted, torn apart and cast off. ”

Watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?) visible in outline only. – Margins 3-4.2 cm wide. – Margin tear extending to the last line of text backed acid-freely.


– 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.

Offer no. 15,483 / EUR  1100. / export price EUR  1045. (c. US$ 1263.) + shipping

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