Johann Elias Ridinger, How the High Game is stalked by sneaking on the Pasture

“ He even shall take off the Shoes ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). How the High Game is stalked by sneaking on the Pasture. Behind a tree the huntsman, the shoes bound at his back and the leash at the belt, leveling at a stag of about 16 points. Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above and below. 9⅞ × 14⅜ in (25.1 × 36.6 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 71; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 28 with ill. – Not in the 1999 Ridinger catalog Darmstadt. – Sheet 3 of the instructive 30-sheet set Ways to trap the Wild Animals (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”, Schwerdt 1928, and “Rarest of All Hunting Sets by Ridinger” [Halle, Munich 1928, LXVIII/323]), as a whole missing even in Helbing’s monumental offer Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger (catalog XXXIV [1900], 1554 lots). – With 7 lines caption:

“ When the hunter enquired where the red or high deer takes the pasture he moves taking his scenthound with him to the woods before daybreak, after he has primed his gun, too, he takes care of the place and sees to get at the game from the side that he has the wind against himself so that the game may not get the scent of him … as long now the game takes the pasture he may advance confidently but carefully, yet if such raises the head or even is heard the hunter shall stand motionless at once … if he is that close that he can shoot soon he even shall take off the shoes so that he treads not so heavily or snaps something by the sound of which the game might become fleeting … from signing and the blood the hunter can judge if the shot is deadly … ”

“ … ‘The Ways to trap the Wild Animals’ belong to the chief works among Ridinger’s representations of the hunt … here, too, extensive captions are added to the plates which elucidate the depiction … This – typical for Ridinger –

combination of high-quality work of art and … text

should be a reason for the great success of his works ”

(Stefan Morét, Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, pp. 106 f., erroneously stating 31 sheet as belonging to).

On strong laid paper with typographic watermark. – 1.1-1.4 cm paper margin around with itself about ½ cm wide white platemark. – Corner lower left with touch of age spottedness.

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