“Extremely  rare”

The  Hunters’  and  the  Hounds’  Pleasure

and  that  already  125/135  years  ago !

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Pleasure of Hunting. Refreshment, and rest of huntsmen & pack(s). Two stations with 6 lines caption each on 1 sheet. Etching + engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XVII. / Ioh. El. Ridinger, inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger, sculps. A. V. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.5 × 21 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Pleasure of Hunting 3+4

Thienemann + Schwarz 360; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1876 ( Extremely rare”, 1885! ); Reich auf Biehla Collection 104 ( Extremely rare”, 1894! ).

Sheet XVII of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt) 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.

Image 1

“ A  clear  spring … often  provides … refreshment  to  the  exhausted  hunter , too ,

Who  sometimes  curses  at  his  luck  and  hunt ;

When  he  has  to  bear  patiently  in  wood  and  field

and  in  the  hottest  days  heat , dust , and  fear. ”


Image 2

“ Quite  grown  hot  by  hunting  and  exhausted  by  running

Master  and  hound  refresh  themselves  in  stretched  out  rest … ”

Wide-margined impression originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman on firm laid paper with watermark Anchor JH

with  the  Roman  number

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). – 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.).

Offer no. 15,713 / EUR  730. / export price EUR  694. (c. US$ 839.) + shipping

“ Received the 2 parcels yesterday in A. M. I am very pleased with the books as well as the condition of them. Thank you again … I hope we can do business again in the near future ”

(Mr. L. A. F., March 11 and 1 resp., 2001)


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