Johann Elias Ridinger, 1724 Eberhard Ludwig Duke of Wurttemberg has shot this Stag in the rut

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Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1724. His High Princely Serene Highness Eberhard Ludwig Duke of Wurttemberg has shot this Stag in the rut himself on the Direnberg Einsidler Huth of the Tübingen Forest. Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 4. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6⅝ × 5⅛ in (16.7 × 13 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 10 in (32.8 × 25.5 cm).

Sheet 4 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 1 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Thienemann 243. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – Cf. the illustration in the exhibition catalog Johann Elias Ridinger, National Museum Kielce/Poland, 1997, no. 92. – On paper coated with the white of egg, that is

albumen print “ of high gloss … (which) renders the most minute details ”

(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XIII [1889], page 17, yet recording it as standard a quarter of a century later only). This in contrast to the previously common papers coated with starch, hence resulting in a dull image effect, which consequently could not meet the standards of the great Ridinger collector Coppenrath as the publisher. And Danuta Thiel-Melerski 2006:

“ The first photographs on albumen paper were so thin

one had to glue them onto cardboard ”

As here then, too. By Johann Laifle’s “Photographic Institute for Portraits and Landscapes” at Klarenanger No. 2 in Regensburg. His Ridinger Album. A Collection of the Finest and Rarest Deer and Roebuck Abnormities photographed from the Original Engravings – complete showcase copy available here – supposedly representing both Laifle’s earliest group of works as also

the earliest Ridinger photographicum

in general. In short ,

the youthful photography is enthusiastic about Ridinger

and therewith bestows a collection enrichment of the most charming kind . Up to the spot on the wall !

Of significantly more comprehensive sets announced by two competitors between 1867 and 1873/75 nevertheless 24 and 48 sheet resp. seem to have been realized only and therefore take second place to Coppenrath’s pioneer edition not just chronologically. In such a manner Laifle & Coppenrath not only were the first to pay their photographic reverence to Ridinger, rather this even in virtually chronological setting as

incunabula of photography !

Laifle’s late period documented here besides by a “Portrait Postcard System Laifle.” from 1899, by which individual portrait photographs were applied to Laifle’s landscape postcards. Laifle won medals at the World Exposition Vienna 1873 & 1876 in Munich.

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– – – The same as contemporary impression of the etching with engraving. Late 1730s. Inscribed: 1. / Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11½ in (37.5 × 29.3 cm). – On the back presumably old owner’s mark in bistre. – Additionally to the white platemark 3-7 mm margin around. – See the complete description.

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„ (D)ie Sendung (Hogarth / Marriage à-la-Mode) ist gestern wohlbehalten hier eingetroffen. Ist alles bestens, und ich danke Ihnen nochmals herzlich für die Beantwortung meiner Fragen und prompte Lieferung … Viele Grüße … “

(Herr C. K., 3. November 2013)


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