Preparatory Drawing

of the Shaggy & Common Greyhounds

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Smooth and shaggy common Greyhounds. Two of them, coupled, resting and sitting resp. to the right. Pen and brown ink. C. 1735. Inscribed in bistre: at the upper edge as above & lower right N.9. (sic!). 3½ × 4 in (90 × 103 mm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Smooth and Shaggy Common Greyhounds (pen and brown ink)

Thienemann (1856) sect. III, Drawings, portfolio IV, p, Design of Several Animals, para. 2

“ … a similar collection in smaller format … in pen and brown ink ”

(page 276).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Smooth and shaggy common Greyhounds (etching)Outline design in the same direction and original size of just the hounds to Th. 397 as No. 7 of the set (see comparative ills.), thus by Ridinger originally intended as N. 9. For the preparatory drawing of the entire composition in wash and bistre see Thienemann ibid. para. 1 and lot 553 of the Ridinger appendix of Weigel’s catalog of drawings of 1869 resp.

While Thienemann could document on the basis of Weigel’s inventory essentially originating in Ridinger’s bequest of drawings with 118 pictorially complete drawings (IV p, para. 1) almost the entire series of the Kämpfe reißender Thiere, so, without possible further ones among the horses,

only 16 sheet of the small-sized core designs

which he dates as of 1735. Present work a therefore rare, indeed, precious evidence.

From an old album with corresponding traces of mount on the back and erroneous written attribution to Jos. Gg. Wintter in pencil. – Trimming of the upper edge with loss of little to half of the designation’s upper part.

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