Johann Elias Ridinger, American Stag

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). American Stag. 12-pointer “All flighty … dark reddish brown, head and neck grey, the tail a strange stub, otherwise equaling the red deer. The drawing unfortunately just from the description of a traveler, therefore fantasy. By the way there are quite a number of kinds of deer in America, therefore also the name ‘American Deer’ is to be dismissed entirely” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: CERVVS Americanus. / Americanischer Hirsch. / Cerf Ameriquain / Familia II. Zweyhufig. / Rid. fec. 12 × 8⅛ in (30.6 × 20.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1009. – 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.

“ 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) represents an

American stag

which, however, is not drawn from life, but the description of a good friend here, who has been in America himself and has seen such yet. The difference they have is that they are somewhat darker and presumably also smaller than our deer, furthermore that they have quite short antlers, show a white disc behind, and have a very stiff and longer tail. This friend told and affirmed that he had seen and met them in migration of hundreds more than once ”

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

Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms 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 2-3.4, below 5.4 cm wide. – Two tiny brown spots in the left white margin, otherwise enviably impeccable retaining its original color and notwithstanding Thienemann’s criticism

a splendid plate .

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