“ … and keeps the Advancing Hounds in Mighty Respect ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Lynx. “There he sits with furious gesture, or rather stands erected on a piece of rock and keeps the advancing (3) hound in mighty respect” (Th.). Pen-and-ink in brown with brown wash over traces of graphite. Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger del. 1759. 14 × 10¾ in (357 × 272 mm; image size incl. signature 9 × 9⅞ in [230 × 250 mm]).


Alexander Count of Faber-Castell

his sale K&F LXVI/10 / 1958

Christie’s London

5860/350 / 2009

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lynx

The fully executed, in conformity with the etching top-arched preparatory drawing in reverse to sheet X, Thienemann 148, of the 22-sheet set of the 1761 concluded

The Fair Game Hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds
With annotations how such are hunted, attacked, catched, held fast,
brought down, and partly throttled by the same.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Lynx
The print: The Lynx (comparative illustration)

“ To cope with this slaying very defensive animal with hounds is some very dangerous work, because the same ruins them greatly by his sharp defenses and strong set of teeth, therefore it is better that one … lays them the Berlin and other spring snares, also sets up turnpike for them, get them for the shot by charming, lays in wait for them or were they have taken to the tree, brings them down with a good stalking gun … ” (from the descriptive 9-line caption of the print).

Not among the nine preparatory drawings in mostly bister of the Weigel stock to Th. 141, 142, 145 (2 ll., of which “the one quite different in format and execution”), 152, 155 (different as before), 158, 160 (instead of the duck a long-beaked merganser) Thienemann (p. 275, g) had come to know.

Adducible nonetheless the Standing Lynx, the right Paw rested upon a Stone – here it is the left upon a root laid bare – Weigel 91 in body color on bluish paper, oblong folio, inscribed J. E. Ridinger ad viv. del. And with what long initial leg the master – “One of Ridinger’s later (sic!) works, too, which he made all himself yet”, Th. – worked on this series, too, is documented by the Excellent, executed chalk drawing as “Original of the etching Th. 145”, the hunted and overcome Wolf, of the collection of drawings of Carl Marschall v. Bieberstein of 10 February 1742 (Frankfurt/Main, Prestel, 1879, no. 57), “including a large number … of drawings by Joh. Elias Ridinger”.

The slightly larger plain image size of 8⅞ × 9⅞ in (22.6 × 25 cm) here against the print (here 8⅝ × 9½ in [21.9 × 24 cm], each without the line with the signature) might be due to the working of the copper print paper, else follow the various above ones of Thienemann/Weigel. As neither traced nor the back reddened/blackened, the drawing ultimately has not been used for the transfer onto the copper. 4 pin-sized tiny holes at the four corners and two further ones by the edge of the image nevertheless reveal it has been worked with.

On strong laid paper with cut watermark Crown center right. – Margins below/above 5.6-6 cm, laterally 0.8-1.1 cm wide. – The not quite perfect preservation solely due to the effects of having been framed for years, thus the paper in addition to the light edge within the cutout of the mat generally evenly toned and with regard to the brown glue strip verso having been spanned in the then obsolete manner. Aside from this absolutely impeccable.

“ Elias Riedinger … has been one of the greatest draughtsmen of the fair game. We say draughtsman although he really was painter, but his drawings and etched sheets, which he produced galore, usually are preferable to the paintings … ”

Johann Heinrich Meyer, Geschichte der Kunst

(manuscript between 1809 and 1815 of the Zurich painter/etcher colleague, 1755-1829),
Weimar 1974, p. 290, quoted from
Rainer Michaelis, Die Deutschen Gemälde des 18. Jahrhunderts
— Berlin Inventory Catalog — , 2002, pp. 173 f.

Offer no. 16,254 / price on application

  1. Catalog einer Sammlung von Original-Handzeichnungen … founded and bequeathed by J. A. G. Weigel in Leipsic, 1869, Ridinger Appendix.

„ perfekt, Vielen Dank! “

(Frau S. N., 4. Mai 2017)


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