The Ansbach 2-Hook Stag
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Stag of Odd 16. Points with those 2. hooks grown on both beams His High Princely Serene Highness Sir Margrave William Frederick of Brandenburg Ansbach has shot himself on the Schellen wasen of the Triesdorf Game Park in the deer fatness in the year 1720. Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. et sc. et exc. 1741, otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 12. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6½ × 5⅛ in (16.5 × 13.1 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 10 in (32.8 × 25.5 cm).
Sheet 12 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 22 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Thienemann 264. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – Cf. the illustration in Wolfgang Wüst, Ein fühmodernes Land im Jagdfieber – Das „ius venandi“ der Markgrafen von Brandenburg-Ansbach, in Triesdorfer Hefte IX, Die Jagd der Markgrafen von Brandenburg-Ansbach in der Frühmoderne, 2010, p. 20. – 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 , 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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