Missing within the Graphic Œuvre

The Hunt with the Mating Call

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (To Stalk the Stag with the Hollow Pot.) On the right the ten-point steps out between two rocks answering the supposed rival. On the left behind a tree the hunter in firing position kneeling on stones and propped. At the foot of the tree in the underwood and thus in the center his assistant calling in the hollow pot and in doing so keeping the stag also in the look. Rich wooded scenery, in front right a pool with reeds. Pen and brown ink and wash. C. 1758. 8⅜ × 14 in (214 × 357 mm).


(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013


Catalog Book to the Exhibition

pages 40/41 (double full-page detail illustration in color) + page 148/I

Johann Elias Ridinger, To Stalk the Stag with the Hollow Pot

Drawing not executed in copper

thematically complementing the “ Princes’ Hunting Pleasures ”,

although in regard of the pure image size remaining behind the oblong format of which, namely ca. 5 cm in the height and ca. 4 cm in the width.

Irrespective of the thematic nearness to the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure worked about 30 years before, the drawing obviously not belonged to the extremely extensive bequest of c. 1849 drawings J. A. G. Weigel in Leipsic took over in 1830 and enlarged in the following time. Compare hereto both Thienemann pp. 271 ff. and Weigel’s 1869 Catalogue of the Bequeathed Collection of Drawings, pp. 181-231. But neither provable, too, within other renown collections of drawings.

So the fully executed work here obviously had been handed over still by Ridinger himself or soon after him. This not least – see below – based on a remarkable presentation as worked also for a pendant showing To whistle the Roe which got in here, too.

Ridinger, To Stalk the Stag with the Hollow Pot (detail)
Detail: One hunter calls into the hollow pot, the other aims

Conceivable besides their purpose for a no longer pursued series of hunting by bait analogous to the Ways to trap the Wild Animals of 1750. So a further hollow pot in upright format in a Bavarian collection unknown in the graphic œuvre, too.

Such sets of different extent not at all unknown within Ridinger’s drawings and mostly to be proven by same dates, partly even serial numbering, but generally by similar size and same outward creation each time.

It shall be reminded in this connection of the small set Th. 269-271 + 281 within the engraved Most Wondrous Deer. In respect of their size and arrangement of the figures, also their several frame lines and rounded upper border they form a group for themselves departing from the general picture scheme there as already censured by Thienemann and correspondingly considered in the new editions since Engelbrecht.

Finally relating to Ridinger’s intention explained within his preface to the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure “to show all kinds and manners of hunting … also the track or trace of every game … thus to strive for giving this work a right perfection” that 36-sheet set, so highly important regarding the practice of hunting, at least remained a torso. For only in the course of decades he kept his promise by sets totally differently produced: (Thorough Description and Presentation of the Wild Animals, with the small traces, 1733; Representation of the Fair Game, with the large traces, 1740; Ways to trap the Wild Animals of 1750, and the Falconers set). The latter two – and all the more Par force Hunt and The Fair Game hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds – to mention already only just a bit because their subject, although not exhaustively, is depicted already in the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure.

In every respect overlooked, however,

the exceedingly charming hunt with the mating call ,

now proven by the drawing(s) here for hollow pot (and whistling of the roe) ,

originally obviously thought for a greater work .

Trimmed at the fine borderline in brown ink and, possibly throughout already contemporarily, mounted by old on laid paper with border washed in green and edged by fine lines in brown ink. The drawing additionally lined by a slender streak of gilt paper. The whole mounted anew on laid paper laminated repeatedly which margin has been washed in black. If originally a signature along with caption was present or if in case of To Whistle the Roe for the purpose of optical adaptation just therefore one has been cut and mounted on the back because the Stag’s Call here remained without of that kind must remain open. In case of the drawings Ridinger handled this quite varyingly. A certain browness caused by mounting, especially within the wood area on the left, affecting the impression of the image less than that giving it rather a very fine authentic patina. Shortly,

a drawing worked up for special presentation

documenting Ridinger’s esteem ,

additionally not omnipresent because not engraved .

And , still more , in respect of the practice of hunting

for Ridinger almost a unique of together optical splendor .

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