Johann Elias Ridinger, A Lion of Darker Kind

“ In Syria even utterly black lions are said to be found ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Lion of Darker Kind. “Mane dark, fox brown. Old male” (Th.). Lying to the right, but looking intently to the left outside the picture. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: LEO FUSCUS. / Ein Löwe dunckler Art, / Un Lion, d’une couleur brune. / Familia IV. Fünffzähige. / Joh. El. Ridinger sculps. et excud. A. V. 12⅛ × 8⅜ in (30.8 × 21.4 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1077. – 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.

“ The lion … is a very majestic animal. In all his conduct and behavior he has a lot of noble and generous; is also in regard of the prowl by far not as cruel as other predators as he kills no sooner as when he is hungry … When he roars the wood shivers and all animals which hear him. His strength is quite extraordinary and his large head with the long hairs make him a majestic and honorable appearance … In the color they are very different from each other and one has seen here fine yellow, medium and – as here – quite dark ones … the African deserts and the regions of Asia (are) their fatherland proper. In Syria in particular even utterly black lions are said to be found ”

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

With typographic 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 1.8-3.5 cm, below 5.1 cm wide. – Lower 9 cm on the back with partial quite faint tidemark showing through to the front in the text/paper field. – Majestic.

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„ … sowie herzlichen Dank für Ihre Ausführungen zur Kulturgeschichte / Ihr … “

(Herr H.-J. W., 7. Januar 2010)


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