Johann Elias Ridinger, The Good Build of a Horse

“ A Fine Isabella ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Good Build of a Horse. La beauté et les Parties exterieures du Cheval. “A Gentleman, neatly dressed, holds a fine Isabella, all over labeled with (35) figures which refer to the text … Because of the extraordinary rarity of the text ( and that even still in the appendix ! ) it will be granted to me …” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Die guthe Gestalt eines Pferdes. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19 × 13.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 962. – IN THE RIDINGERS’ ORIGINAL COLORING of the first edition of the Principal Colors of Horses, created, drawn and etched/engraved exclusively by Johann Elias, yet published only posthumously 1770 by the sons as the first of Ridinger’s but three originally colored works (“For this he first chose the horses, which as generally known occur in very varying coloring”, Th.; the usual allusions in the trade to only two of these based on the ignorance of the existence of copies of the 2nd edition of the Ten Plates Monkeys, Th. 541-550, intended for coloring). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition with only 40 of the originally 51 plates anymore was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ (The good build of a horse) mainly lies in that all parts are in good proportion against each other … It is indeed true that there is rarely a horse with which the judgement of the experts finds no fault, but there are some to be found with high potentates, which stand the test … ”

(Ridinger in the preamble, pp. 10-16, enclosed in copy).

On that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble

“on account of the fine illumination” for the colored works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”. – Almost invisibly restored lateral tear affecting the subject for 4 cm up into the croup. Lower right in the 2.8-3.8 cm wide white margin somewhat smudgy from turning over.

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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

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“ Thank you very much for your prompt and very cooperative handling of this order. I very much look forward to seeing the map ”

(Mr. D. R.-H., January 26, 2005)


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