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/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., part 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. – 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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(Frau S. P., 25. Mai 2013)


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