Johann Elias Ridinger, This Stag with Lob-ears Louis VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt has shot 1754

The Darmstadt Lob-Ear

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Stag with Lob-ears His High Princely Serenity the Ruling Sir Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (Louis VIII) has shot in the environs of Darmstadt (“in the Arheilger Forest in the direction of Mörsbach at the Shepherd’s House”) the 20th Aug: 1754. “Also the antlers are peculiar. A similar one one finds illustrated in v. Wildungen’s Taschenbuch year 1809-12” (Th.). Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. fec. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 28. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6⅝ × 5 in (16.8 × 12.8 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 9⅞ in (32.6 × 25.2 cm).

“ In the Hunting Diary of Louis VIII ,

in which the landgrave’s ‘rare shots’ are collected ,

there also is the stag ‘with the lob-ears’ ”

(Siebert-Weitz). – Sheet 28 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 63 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Thienemann 305. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – Gisela Siebert & Wolfgang Weitz, Ridinger – Bilder zur Jagd in Hessen-Darmstadt, 1999, pages 32 f. with ill. – For the drawing in black chalk see Coppenrath Collection pt. II (1889), no. 1913. – 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.

Offer no. 15,686 | EUR 98. (c. US$ 118.) + shipping

also see the original —
Johann Elias Ridinger’s own etching

„ Ich bin sehr zufrieden mit dem Objekt, dem Versand und auch mit der sorgfältigen Verpackung. Danke! “

(Herr N. B., 3. Januar 2003)


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