Johann Elias Ridinger, African Deer from Guinea

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). African Deer from Guinea. Reddish brown shimmering, white spotted stag of 6 points standing to the right. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CERVVS Guineensis. / Africanischer Hirsch aus Guinea. / Cerf Afrique. / Familia II. Zweyhufige. / J. P. de Hamilthon pinx. / Joh. El. Ridinger fecit. et excud. Aug. Vind. 12½ × 8¼ in (31.7 × 21 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1010. – IN THE RIDINGERS’ ORIGINAL COLORING from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., sect. XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ Thus the provider of the text to the new edition (from 1824/25, remained uncolored) considers him, just like the previous (American Deer, Th. 1009), only as a variety, climatic deviation of the red deer. That this one, which is done from a drawing by the famous Vienna court painter (Hamilton; supposedly Philipp Ferdinand, 1664 [?] – 1750, yet inscribed by Ridinger as “J. P. de Hamilton”) should not be, as already his quite deviating antlers show. However, I am not able to name the species to which he might belong to. ”

(Th.). And Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, pp. 15 f. (enclosed in copy):

“ One can rightly reckon these animals among the noblest creatures since especially their stature, their antlers, their strength, which at the same time is combined with the most possible speed, provide them with a splendid and majestic sight … (This plate) shows an

African stag from Guinea ,

as the same has been drawn and painted from life by Herr von Hamilton in Vienna, and kindly communicated to us by the same. ”

With typographic watermark J Kool as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Margins on three sides 1.8-2.8 cm, below 4.4 cm wide. – Interesting plate.

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