The Moravian Virago
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1758. This Deer has been raised from Her Youth on in the Deer Park of High Imperial Counts Waldstein at Trebitz in Moravia, also has been in fawn several times, finally in the 18th year of her age set up this weight, and has been sent to me by His High Imperial Count Excellence Count Emanuel Gr. von Waldstein und Wartenberg. Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 31. / 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).
“ So he belongs to the viragos (viragines)
of which also Wildungen has reproduced and described a couple
in his almanac 1800. Tab. II. ” (Th.)
Sheet 31 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 79 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Thienemann 321. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – 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 C. R., 28. Januar 2015)