Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). The Pissing Cow and the Two Sheep in front of a Village. Etching after Karel Dujardin (Amsterdam 1622 – Venice 1678). Inscribed: C. du horte inv. fecit / 2 (in reverse) / JGWintter. feit (sic!). 1783 . 5⅛ × 6⅞ in (13 × 17.6 cm).

Joseph Georg Wintter, Pissing Cow after Dujardin

Niemeyer 47, II; Nagler 12, 2. – Plate 2 of the 8-sheet set of Animal Pieces Niem. 46-53. – From the Augsburg omnibus edition Schwerdt III, 190, a ( “Rare”, 1928 ) published 1821 the earliest and comprising only 44 sheet anymore (of 137, so the here otherwise not provable edition Weigel 21336, of them “Most … very rare”; so also 1863 Nagler, Monogramists III, 68, at the same time emphasizing their beauty) on strong paper, whose marvelous quality of impressions – here still with fine plate dirt – reveals the small editions and had Schwerdt, unaware of the chronological factors, frequently conclude proofs before the letter.

Wintter’s “etchings are excellent and

are in the treatment between those by Hollar and Riedinger .

In 1784 W. became electoral Court and Hunt Engraver” (Nagler) .

At the same time he was member of the electoral academy at Dusseldorf. And 1787 he was promoted court chamber councilor as

rare “ (a)mong those numerous court and independent artists

of the Electoral Palatinate Bavarian court ”

(pope of forest cameralists Wilhelm Gottfried von Moser from the “famous family of cameralists” [Heß in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie] and being born 1729 almost already a representative of the father’s generation), at the same time summing up “Always better than Riedinger”. Which shall not be consented with that generally though. Yet the more so the

“ This man has extraordinary talents ”

as Lorenz von Westenrieder of the same age (b. 1748, theologian, yet especially historian; “has generally a impressionable eye for scenic beauties” [Höhn]) wrote in 1785 to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright in Leipsic, after he had already highly praised him in his 1783 Jahrbuch der Menschengeschichte in Bayern.

Exemplary here then from his

rare set of the cattle

as the only one of this kind in the small work

of this early consummate master .

Which evokes what was art-historical conclusion already in 1909 and 1921 resp. So Höhn (Studien zur Entwicklung der Münchener Landschaftsmalerei v. Ende d. 18. u. v. Anfang des 19. Jh.) by his “one of the earliest” among “the early beginnings of Munich Landscape Painting” and Wolf (Die Entdeckung der Münchener Landschaft) resp., who documents him by seven etchings.

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