Ridinger’s Picture Unit of a Threefold Food Chain

Hare – Eagle – Wildcat – Hunter

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The poor hare in his ultimate plight brings … Hare stricken by the eagle whom the male wildcat bites through the throttle, itself shot by the huntsman. Inclusive of any pre-prey. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: V. / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger Sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as before. 13⅞ × 10⅛ in (35.3 × 25.8 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 348; Reich auf Biehla Collection 95 ( “Rare”, 1894! ). – Missing in the 1885 Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX and in Helbing’s 43-sheet stock of the set (cat. XXXIV, Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, 1900, 1554 nos.) it was represented in just one and only relatively fine copy (no. 862). – With 6 lines caption.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Hare, Eagle, Cat, Hunter

Arched top sheet V of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt ( “The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928) etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded in 1779.

At which not only after realization here Martin Elias’ impact on the Ridinger œuvre is much larger than that of an engaged co-worker as engraver only. Already at an age of thirty he just acted as a spiritus rector behind the scene ensuring that sets were completed or, as here, published posthumously.

And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, 1966, pp. 16 f. + pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Bison and the Crocodile, from the Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute together, because judging by the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect illustrating deeply the Ridinger teamwork.

Warm-toned wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman with watermark WANGEN as one of Ridinger’s preferred firm laid paper qualities

with the Roman number

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – At the edge of the upper margin still both the two pinholes from the original stitching in numbers.

The set itself “arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too” (Th.). Here thus with the rare scene of the couple of stags struck by lightning. “Both the two pieces belonging together – so Thienemann – are well done.”

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– – – The same, yet with only 0.9 (right) to 3.1 cm visibly less wide-margined. Below besides quite a little age-spotted. Likewise faint tidemark in the upper white plate and paper-margin.

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