Ridinger’s Unique (?) Representation of a
Blackish Red Deer
only Locality within the Œuvre
designated with “ Thierberg ” anyway
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Black Fallow Deer has been shot in the year 1739. in the (Hohenlohe) Highgrave Kirchberg Hunting Ground at Thierberg, with these Rare Antlers, by the Gamekeeper there, Job Jac. Brasoler. / So also this Big and Strong Roebuck in the year 1755. the 5th of Jan: in the County of Erbach with these Fine Antlers has been shot. The black one lying on the right, the buck pertly standing left of him, favored by the vista through massive hedgerows at two conifers in the back with two predatory birds flying about. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: 83. / Joh. El. Ridinger del. et direxit Aug. Vind. 1765 / Martin Elias Ridinger sculps. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 12⅜ × 10⅜ in (34.1 × 26.4 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 325; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.22. – Plate 83 of the till today unmatched comprehensive standard work Exact and True Representation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature published for subscription. – With 20½ × 14¼ in (52 × 36.1 cm) sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper yet untrimmed at top. – Tiny tear in the 5.3 cm wide left white margin backed acid-freely and little thin spot in the white plate field lower left.
Red Deer rarity & Ridinger work rarity
the representation of a black with additionally rare touched points within his Wondrous as fascinated already Löns, recalled again by Paul Dahms in his Wild und Jagd vom Darß bis zu den Alpen (Munich 2005, pp. 38 f.):
“ ‘And there I saw him. Like the devil incarnate’ … when (Löns) had a black roebuck in sight for the first time … the density is very small. So the hunt on a black buck remains always something special and so it was for Hermann Löns, too, who for three years stubbornly stalked till he got the ‘Black from the Misery Dale’ before the gun again and could shoot him finally. ”
Whereas not only to the realization here the impact of the eldest, Martin Elias, as the engraver of present plate on the Ridinger œuvre considerably exceeds that of but an active co-worker. Already as 30-year-old he downright acted as spiritus rector behind the scenes, seeing that sets were not dropped prematurely, as indeed the colossal Wondrous Deer, to which present motif belongs to, too. Of the last 27 works of which Martin Elias conveyed no less than 21 to the plate!
And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, Hamburg/Berlin 1966, pp. 16 f. & pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Buffalo and the Crocodile, from the Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute at once, for judging by its engraving, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect deeply illuminating the Ridinger teamwork.
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