Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1720. His High Princely Grace Henry Frederick Duke of Wurttemberg have shot this stag at Wen(n)enthat Luiterbacher Huth Reichenberg Forest (= Leutenbach near Winnenthal/Winnenden) in the rutting. A stag of twelve points “with apparently four beams” (Th.) resting on a clearing at the mighty trunk of a partly broken oak tree. Etching with engraving. C. 1735. Inscribed: 2. / Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 14⅞ × 11¾ in (37.7 × 29.7 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Stag of 4 Beams, shot in Wurttemberg 1720

Thienemann + Schwarz 244. – Sheet 2 of the Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Animals. – The antlers also figures among the 118 engravings in Mellin’s Attempt of an Instruction for the Planning, Improvement, and Use of the Hunting Grounds both in the open as in Preserves (page 142). – With margin of 4-10 mm running around the wide white platemark and in this as in the text field quite minimally creased. Above left in the white margin/platemark cut off paraph (?) in brown ink.

The commandery Winnenthal of the Teutonic Knights came to Wurttemberg by purchase 1665 and in 1677 became ancestral seat of the new collateral line of Wurttemberg-Winnenthal extinct already 1733 by succession back into the main line. – Henry Frederick of Wurttemberg-Winnenthal (Stuttgart 1687 – Winnenthal 1734) took part in the Spanish War of Succession on the Dutch side and – meanwhile in Imperial services under Prince Eugene – the Turkish War 1714/16-18, including the battles of Peterwardein, Temeswar and Belgrade, and was appointed general of the whole Imperial cavalry in 1723.

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