Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Bay Leopard. Tigre bais. Grazing to the left. “The numerous spots light umber, the rest dark shaded black” (Th.). Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: Tiger mit braunen Flecken. / J. E. Ridinger inv. sc. et exc. Aug. Vindel., otherwise French as above. 7½ × 5¼ in (19 × 13.4 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 960. – 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 leopards) are closest to those (piebald horses), they are speckled both front and behind, especially at the head, neck and body, yet the most on the croup, with small and larger spots. The better nature distributes these (as here) among each other, the more these horses are regarded … They are very quick and fugitive, yet at the same time furious horses, impatient and unfaithful, of much fire, but remit soon, and do not persevere in the long run, thus are of more beauty than quality, and serve more for representation … This has to mentioned yet, that most leopards are not rich of hairs (as not here) on crown, crest and tail ”
(Ridinger in the preamble Nature and Characteristics of Horses, according to their Colors, p. 39, enclosed in copy).
With watermark fragment crowned fleur-de-lis arms 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”. – Professional backing of old of a tear off extending up to the platemark in the upper margin, thereby backing all the wide left margin, too. Right far edge fissured, the lower corner there of the 2.5-3.6 cm wide white margins besides somewhat smudgy from turning over.
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Ridinger’s Principal Colors of Horses in Original Coloring
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