Johann Elias Ridinger, A Lioness

The Wonderfully Sympathetic Sujet

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Lioness. “She lies and has the full attention turned to an object moving before her. Quite light yellow ocher” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: LEAENA. / Eine Löwin. / Une Lione. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Joh. El. Ridinger sculps. et excud. A. V. 12⅛ × 8⅛ in (30.8 × 20.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1078. – 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.

“ In the color they are very different from each other and one has seen here – as here – fine yellow, medium and quite dark ones … The lioness carries her progeny about six months and usually brings forth only two, yet occasionally also four or more … the African deserts and the regions of Asia (are) their fatherland proper ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 13, enclosed in copy).

Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms & C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) 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 2-3.1 cm, below 5.3 cm wide. – Lower 9 cm on the back with partial quite faint tidemark showing through to the front barely obtrusively in the text/paper field. In the left lateral margin tear extending up to the subject/platemark, at the left lower paper margin besides dog-eared on 7.5 cm, both backed acid-freely. – Wonderfully sympathetic sujet.

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