Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of the Wild Tomcat

At a Sportsman’s
I saw it in the Gentlemen’s Room

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Trace of the Wild Tomcat. In original mixed forest landscape on a stone pedestal in crooked position

“ licking his posterior , to report respectfully ”

(Th.). Below the picture the life size traces on solid ground & in soft ground fleetingly, numbered for claws, toe print & pads. Etching with engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: 18. / Joh. El. Ridinger inven. delineav. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindelic., otherwise in German as above. 14¾ × 11¾ in (37.4 × 29.9 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Trace of the Wild Tomcat

REPRESENTATION OF THE FAIR GAME 18. – Thienemann & Schwarz 180. – Varying from the preparatory drawing Sälzle, facsimile ed. of all drawings for the set, 1980, pp. 56 f., in which the tomcat is occupied with a captured snipe-like bird.

Uniquely beautiful impression with watermark supposedly legible as FAI and FIAT as countermark of the Wangen paper mill as one of the sturdy laid paper qualities preferred by Ridinger. – Margins above & below 3.3-4.8 cm wide, on the left 1.2, on the right 0.2-0.3 cm margin resp., each in addition to the wide white platemark. – Upper & lower margin faintly foxstippled.

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– – – The same in very fine, quite uniformly harmonious impression – though probably only from late 18th/early 19th century – on strong laid paper with outstandingly wide margins and in such sheet size of 20 × 16¾ in (50.7 × 42.6 cm comparable to the loose copy of the Schwerdt Collection (vol. III, page 137: “Fine impressions”, 20¼ × 10¼ in [51.3 × 36 cm] sheet size). – Of impeccable freshness with slight traces of previous binding on the left.

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„ Das Jahr 2014 geht zu Ende. Das gibt Veranlassung Ihnen sehr herzlich zu danken für viele jagdhistorische Informationen mit kunsthistorischem Charakter. Besonders dankbar bin ich für die Beschaffung des Bildes … “

(Herr W. W., 18. Dezember 2014)


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