Johann Elias Ridinger, Sorrel

“ Excellent Horses ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Sorrel. Alzan brulé. “Slightly darker, more auburn than the (Ordinary or Light Chestnut), standing (to the left) beside fence, bridled” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Brand Fuchs. / J. E. Ridinger inv. Sculpsit et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5⅜ in (19.1 × 13.6 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 936. – 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 dark sorrel and liver chestnuts, however, are to be much preferred to all others, for these are very durable and indefatigable, but also very impatient and obstinate horses: yet where they once have been won and set right in breaking-in, which should be done with utmost patience, so one finds excellent horses among them ”

(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, pp. 36 f., 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”. – Lower right in the 2.4-3.8 cm wide white margin faintly smudgy from turning over, the fissured while lower margin partly backed of old.

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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring

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A Great Plenitude of Individual Plates

“ Thank you so much for that comprehensive background to the above titled (Brierly) print which has intrigued me … ”

(Mr. R. H., July 12, 2014)


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