Johann Elias Ridinger, 1741 This Stag of 16 Points Has been shot at the High Princely Hunting Lodge Jægerthal in the Forest Romrod

The  White  of  the  Vogelsberg

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1741. in the Month of Septembr: This Stag of 16 Points Has been shot at the High Princely Hunting Lodge Jægerthal in the Forest Romrod by His Princely Serenity the ruling Sir Landgrave of Hesse-Darmstadt (Louis VIII) himself. Of color he was white, especially the head the whitest, however, the ears. Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger fec., otherwise as above in German, besides within the picture above the building complex Princely Hunting Lodge Jægerthal and on the mounting carton: 35. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6⅜ × 5¼ in (16.2 × 13.2 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 9⅞ in (32.6 × 25 cm).

“ As model a picture by court painter Stockmar might have served,
however, contrary to Eger models it is not mentioned …

Romrod, at the northern edge of the Vogelsberg,
was the court hunt of the landgraves of Hesse-Darmstadt until 1937 …

The so-called hunting lodge Jägertal actually was not a house.
It was modeled on a tent camp and consisted of 14 separate buildings.
It was built in the years 1721/22 … ”

(Siebert-Weitz). – Sheet 35 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 50 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Thienemann 292. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – Gisela Siebert & Wolfgang Weitz, Ridinger – Bilder zur Jagd in Hessen-Darmstadt, 1999, pages 24 f. with ill. – 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. 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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