Ridinger, Great Kind of Greyhounds

The Hunt is at Rest
— Master Hare anyway

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Great Kind of the Greyhounds of which the larger one represents the guard or rescuer. In fine landscape with vista of a place the two coupled hounds on the right, while on the left the hare lies on its back. And that with the hind quarters on the gun, of which the trigger guard,

yet in particular the instructively drawn ramrod

are quite nicely visible. Etching with engraving. (1756.) Inscribed: 68. / J. E. Ridinger inven. Sculps. et excudit Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 9⅞ × 7 in (25 × 17.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 310. – Plate 68 of the till today unmatched comprehensive standard work Exact and True Presentation of Both the Most Wondrous Deer and Other Particular Animals … of the Rarities showing in Nature published for subscription. – With 21¼ × 14¼ in (54 × 36.2 cm) sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper with typographical watermark untrimmed on three sides. – Printing of the number and the two lines caption a little weak.

Generally corresponding with Th. 46, How the Hares are hounded with Greyhounds, from the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure published from 1729, where, however, there was no place anymore for the architecture in the vista here. Far more nuanced on the other hand in a drawing to that engraving traded here earlier, yet entirely focussed on the triangle hound & hare on the fenced meadow with architectural background very nicely visible in present engraving, a concentration which is offset in Th. 46 by the partly mounted hunters.

The graphical continuation of the theme thus here then. The two greyhounds guard their bagged hare. Whereas the drawing clearly reveals the different size of the hounds as indeed mentioned in the caption here, though not elucidated in the picture.

Diane Marston, contributor to Harp and Hound, the semi-annual publication of the Irish Wolfhound Club of America, thinks for both of them of indeed the Irish Wolfhound (as per mail of Jan. 21, 2001).

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