Four Roebuck weights shot in Hohenlohe

Hohenlohe Buck Shooting

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). No. 1 This Roebuck Weight is grown into one another, that one cannot look through. No. 2. This Roebuck had between both coronets a growth like a morel, so grown specially into the brain pan and had a long root, that one could take it out and thrust it into the cavity again, below the coronets there also were 2. Coronet-shaped Buttons scarcely a couple backs of a knife high, all these Roebucks have been shot by and by in Hohenlohe. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Rolled-on photograph by Johann Laifle (ascertainable as active Regensburg 1865 – about 1900). (1865.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. A. V. / Martin El. Ridinger sculpsit., otherwise in German as above & on the mounting carton: 37. / Photographirt von J. Laifle. / Verlag von A. Coppenrath in Regensburg. Size of photo 6¼ × 5⅛ in (16 × 12.9 cm), of carton 12⅞ × 9¾ in (32.7 × 24.8 cm).

Sheet 37 of the 50-sheet Laifle set published in 5 numbers as plate 78 of the Most Wondrous Deer, Thienemann 320. The bibliographical literature only records the 1st number of the album. – For the drawing in black chalk see Coppenrath Collection pt. II (1889), no. 1925. – 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.

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