The Salzburg Bawler
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1739. the 15th 7bris. His Excellence Sir Sir Franz Lactantius Baron of Firmian of the Holy Roman Empire His Roman Imperial Majesty’s Privy Councilor and Chamberlain also High Princely Salzburg Colonel Master of Household has shot this stag at Weithwürth in Salzburgerland. “Stands with his splendid antlers in the water bawling.” Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger del. sc. et excud. 1741, otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 16. / 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 × 25.3 cm).
Sheet 16 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 15 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Thienemann 257. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – The preparatory drawing of 1740 in pencil heightened with white of Spengler & Lanna provenance figured as lot 4 in the Counts Faber-Castell sale 1958. – 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. 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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(Herr W. S., 29. August 2002)