Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Light Roan. Rohan Vineux. “Crest, tail black, the lighter parts of the body bluish-white, having a lilac tint, the darker ones light ruddle, fading into foxy-brown, about the knees blackish. Stepping towards us” (Th.), the head turned to the left. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Liechter roth Schim(m)el. / J. El. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5⅜ in (19.2 × 13.7 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 925. – 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.
“ … is another kind which is designated with the name of the white horse, that is the roan. Of these there are three kinds: the lighter toned which are of a very light kind for the white hairs in-between. They either turn into the reddish (as here) or brownish, at the neck, the body, and on the croup they are whitish, grayish or bluish … ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 33 ff., enclosed in copy).
With watermark C & I Honig below fragment of fleur-de-lis arms with beehive pendant as 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”. – Tear in the top margin still minimally extending into the white upper subject backed of old. Also backed a smaller damage in the white margin below left. Upper margin verso with smoke black 5 cm wide with partial speckles to the bottom. The aforesaid minimal tear in the sky part aside, the picture itself unaffected by all this.
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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
“ this is to let you know that the book has arrived in excellent shape, and that I am delighted to have it ”
(Mr. P. M., April 30, 2003)