Splendidly  Large-sized ,

Splendidly  High-graded  Drawing

and  as  such  one  exceedingly  precious  today

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Spring of the Hounds. The pack leader defending the hare against three other greyhounds and a waterhound by a boulder. Washed brush drawing over pencil. Inscribed with pale pencil within the subject below left: Joh. Elias Ridinger inv. et del. 17¼-17⅜ × 13¼ in (438-440 × 336 mm) (subject size 16¾-16⅞ × 13¼ in [426-429 × 336 mm]).


(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013


Catalog Book to the Exhibition

Page 148/II

The  painterly

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Spring of the Hounds

preparatory  drawing

in  reverse

furnished  with  marks  of  trace  and , on  the  back , red  chalk

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Spring of the Hounds

to sheet 1 , Th. 105 ,

illustrated also in Blüchel, Die Jagd, II, p. 79 – of the Four Seasons of the Hounds (“Especially excellent are the sheets with the hounds … “, Nagler) supposed for the early ’40s.

On strong, but not heavy laid paper with watermark “IV” (Jean Villedary?, paper mill prospering for 150 years in Angoulême (acc. to Churchill, 1935, p. 21 from 1668 to 1758) and then in resumption or as a branch at Hattem/Netherlands, “sometimes in conjunction with the names of Dutch paper-makers” (Emma Ruffle) where his IV/I V for instance appears as countermark to the ones of C & I HONIG (about 1724/26-1902), but generally also abused as pirated mark like others standing for first qualities, too. We find the “IV” as a contemporary mark in the graphic Ridinger œuvre in many cases, among the drawings e. g. on his 1723 signed one Alexander the Great 326 at the Hyphasis in India present here and as monogram “I V” on the 1762 drawing Wild Ducks stalked by Wildcats in Augsburg (Biedermann, [Master Drawings of German Baroque], 1987, no. 165). And Villedary’s complete mark “IV ILLEDARY” on the 1736 Good Sport drawing by the younger Georg Philipp Rugendas.

Of best condition except for a pinhead-small hole and, predominantly on the back, seven marginal traces of former mounting in spots on a sheet removed only by now (on this by old hand in italics as inscription in the center “Coursing” and on the right “Ridinger”). In the center of the narrow white subfield of the drawing itself a “20.” in pencil as supposed inventory number of a former owner and therefore mark of origin of a more comprehensive collection of drawings.

The  Royal  Drawing

for the opening sheet of this wanted rich set, in the engraving explained by the quatrain

Ridinger, Protector (detail)
The Protector (detail)

“ The Hares are catched many, At SPRING TIME /
Before when they offend in the seed field /
But when with highest rage, the hounds set on it /
So the protector has concern, that they do not tear it up . ”

The latter in the present reverse drawing therefore to the left, “the forelegs stretched out over the hare and grawlingly repulsing two other hounds, of which the one, a greyhound as well, lies with the front part in peculiar lurking position on the ground, the other, a waterhound, barking at him. Above these on a boulder there are two other greyhounds who also have a little lust for the hare”.

Contrary to the etching the pack leader’s tip of the tail a little less formed and the waterhound’s left foreleg concealed under the belly.

To the complex of the hounds’ Four Seasons Thienemann (1856, portfolio 2, e, page 275) was only acquainted with the likewise washed drawing of the Summer sheet (Th. 106) from the Weigel stock, which is, however, not anymore in Weigel’s Catalogue of the Bequeathed Drawings and Prints of 1869 (see there pp. 197 ff.). Then there was, also to the Summer sheet, the likewise large-sized and washed skeleton study to its stag in the “Fine Collection of Drawings and Engravings of Joh. Elias Ridinger from the Possession of a Wellknown Collector” sold by Wawra in Vienna in 1890 (no. 67). And 1900 in Helbing’s huge Ridinger catalog (Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger, XXXIV, 1547) the “brilliant pen and ink drawing in outline” of the same size to the Fall sheet. Here finally known, too, the equally large one of Winter. And the

pictorially   completely  executed , ultimate  one  of  the  Spring  sheet

in  its  large  flat ,

light  brown , lucid  washing

Johann Elias Ridinger, The Spring of the Hounds

as a rarity of degree

then present here.

Extraordinarily charming finally the duplication of the master’s working process on the transfer to the copper plate in the form of the already mentioned red chalking and tracing, the latter down to sub-parts as not used generally. By this, however, allowing the that wanted, as famous as precious “look over the shoulder”.

Offer no. 28,878 / price on application

„ Heute konnte ich Ihre Sendung mit dem Blatt von Ridinger … entgegennehmen. Herzlichen Dank. Es ist ein schönes Exemplar. Ich werde es klassisch rahmen lassen … Ob ich mich davon schon zur Eröffnung des … Museums trennen möchte, oder es erst nach meinem Hinscheiden den Weg dorthin finden wird, ist noch nicht bestimmt. (Es sind ja da noch die anderen [3] Blätter, welche ich zuvor [anderwärts] erstanden hatte …). Vorerst werde ich mit Freude den Anblick geniessen und verbleibe mit besten Grüssen … “

(Frau E. S., 2. September 2016)


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