Johann Elias Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares and how they are driven by the Stoberhund

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Comme on chasse les Lievres par les Levretes. Lying in wait for Hares and how they are driven by the Stoberhund. In rich hilly tree landscape “two Stoberhunds in most fugitive run” drive three hares before the rifles of two huntsmen, with

Ridinger, Lying in wait for Hares (detail)

the  fire  of  the  one  in  front  and  the  ignition  lock  of  the  one  still  aiming

very  nicely  visible .

One of the longears then already has done his last breath. 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. 13⅛ × 16⅛ in (33.2 × 41 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 45; 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 33rd sheet.

The preparatory drawing in reverse in pencil and black chalk traced and ruddled on the back used for the transfer into the copper presently available here still without the third hare at which aforesaid hunter just aims nevertheless. On the other hand in the engraving the replacement rifle leaning by the two already killed hares in the back of the huntsmen is missing.

“ Among so many persecutions which the hare has to endure, also this is one of the heaviest … the right manner to hunt them this way is, if one … has trained before his Stoberhund quite well … Such dogs have to be set on young hares only at first … ”

Margins 2.7-4.4 cm wide. – Barely noticeable on the subject side vertical trace of box pleat and small paper injury at the old stitching margin as well as unobtrusive tiny abrasion in the central foliage and two small tears backed acid-freely in the wide white margin.


– 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. 15,485 / EUR  1250. / export price EUR  1188. (c. US$ 1436.) + shipping

„ Herzlichen Dank für Ihre freundlichen und aufschlussreichen Ausführungen, die mir die Beschreibung des vorliegenden Exemplars sehr erleichtern. Schön wärs natürlich, wenn sich Ihre vielfältigen Kenntnisse zum Werk Ridingers vielleicht als Artikel, oder Artikelserie, im Aus dem Antiquariat oder einer Bibliophilen-Zeitschrift einem breiten interessierten Publikum zur Kenntnis gebracht werden könnten … Ich würde mich jedenfalls sehr darüber freuen, Expertenwissen aus erster Hand zu erhalten. “

(Kollege U. K., 12. Mai 2015)


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