Johann Elias Ridinger, Fallow Deer Female

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Fallow Deer Female. “Recumbent (to the right), dark brown, below light reddish brown passing into white, tame, with bell collar” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: DAMA. / La Daine. / Familia II. Zweyhufig. / J. El. Rid. del. 12 × 8⅛ in (30.5 × 20.6 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1019. – 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.

“ Of this we have delivered by now five illustrations, that is one utterly white, one spotted grey, one spotted red or brown, one utterly blackish-red, and one mixed with three colors … they (are) slightly smaller than the … red deer and also have quite different antlers … They run … the woods and fields freely or fenced in, however, frequently are also kept in gardens or moats laid out especially for this … The hinds are carrying nine months and in June then fawn one or mostly two young ones … Their meat tastes even better than the meat of the red deer ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I in German and French, pp. 16 & 13 resp., enclosed in copy).

Watermarked C & I Honig as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses (single plates from this available)

“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 1.8-3.2 cm, below 5.7 cm wide. – In the white field between ears and rearward shrub quite faintly fox-spotted, otherwise impeccable.

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