“ … but the Noble Chase for the Bear …
that was Men’s Work ”

Hermann Löns in The Hunters of the Heath

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1720. Have drawn this Bear Hunt from the Nature. She-bear before the den above a water, fighting off the numerous hound dogs, still rushing after despite all successful efforts. Back in the den two cubs. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: 47 / Joh. El. Ridinger fec: et excud. 1746., otherwise in German as above. 13⅝ × 10⅞ in (34.5 × 27.5 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 289; Ortega y Gasset, Meditationen über die Jagd, Stuttgart. 1981, full-page. ill. page 40. – Plate 47 of the Exact and True Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer just as other Peculiar Animals. – Thienemann:

Ridinger, Bear Hunt 1720

“ A very rich plate. A she-bear fights in front of the den, in which we catch sight of two crying cubs, nearly exhausted, with a whole pack of big hounds; several are wounded, one rolls in the water, others are about to fall into, one has the neck broken, but succor is coming. She will be defeated. ”

The preparatory drawing from 1720 here not certifiable, however, with provenance Weigel, 1869, Ridinger appendix 82 & 86, both the two drawings in black chalk of the same year of a sitting bear turned to the left and right resp., each monogrammed/dated, per lots 32 & 36 1890 at Wawra, Katalog einer schönen Sammlung von Handzeichnungen und Kupferstichen JOH. El. RIDINGER’S. For drawings dated from 1719 only see Schwarz II, page 163. – Margins top and bottom 5.5-8.5, laterally 2.5-3 cm wide. This lower left less and upper right more crease-traced and otherwise with some acid-freely backed minimal tears/backings.

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