Ridinger, Spanish Bull

“ … Variety much preferred by the Spaniards

for their Fights , with Enormous Ruffle ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Spanish Bull. Pied, standing to the left. Colored etching with engraving after supposedly the Imperial court painter Johann Georg de H. (Brussels 1672 – Vienna 1737), nevertheless inscribed here as “J. C.” de H. Inscribed: TAURUS Hispanicus. / Spanischer Stier. / Taureau d’Espagne. / Familia II. Zweÿhufig. / J. C. de Hamilton pinx. / J. El. R. fec. 12⅜ × 8⅛ in (31.5 × 20.5 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 986. – 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 currently the one as the others all the same). – 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. – Thienemann:

“A fine piebald

of this variety much preferred by the Spaniards

for their fights , with enormous ruffle .”

“ It yet follows … and these are the Spanish bulls, the illustration of which we owe to the kindness of Mr. Hamilton in Vienna.

It is not easy to find a more splendid growth .

These animals also run about freely in the woodlands and become onerous and dangerous for many a traveler when they position themselves in hollow and narrow paths. At certain times they are captured and then

the well-known and famous bull fights

are held with them, in which the Spaniards hold a regular duel with these animals on horseback and on foot in honor of their mistresses, whereat quite many a one has lost his life ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. I, pp. 20 f., enclosed in copy).

With watermark C & I Honig 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 1.7-2.8 cm, below 4.5 cm wide. – Isolated tiny spots in the white platefield.

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