Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Tachs=Schlieffer, Tachs=Würger. Three dachshunds on a hill from which the look goes into deeper landscape with chapel. Of the coupled former ones one scents busily into the ground while the shaggy butcher looks afar. Etching & engraving. (1738.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. fec. / N. 16., otherwise in German as above. 7¼ × 6 in (18.5 × 15.2 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 406. – Sheet 16 of the instructive set Design of Several Animals in its first edition with its strong laid paper. – “These plates are much wanted and frequently copied” (Th. 1856). – Margins above & below 6.2-6.6 cm, laterally 2-2.5 cm wide. – On the left verso 1 cm narrow fold strip from previous stitching. – At the upper edge still both the two original fine pricks.
The left dachshund with respect to the dog copied in reverse as own creation (W.C.M. del. ad vivum [sic!] & sculp.) by count Mellin as closing vignette chap. 5, Of the Hunting Hounds (pp. 218-222) within his (Attempt of an Instruction for the Planning, Improvement, and Use of the Hunting Grounds) of 1779.
Offer no. 15,641 / EUR 168. (c. US$ 203.) + shipping
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