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.
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.
THE AS INSTRUCTIVE AS PAINTERLY SHEET
– not by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the indisputably “most important Augsburg landscapist of this time” –
IN SPLENDID IMPRESSION OF VIBRANT CHIAROSCURO
as in such quality rare of old.
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