Ridinger’s  Rutting  Rivals  –  Joined  in  One

Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). Crying Stag of Odd 8 Points in Rutting Season. Standing at the wooded bank of a suggested water and looking to the other side. Etching. Sheet size 4 × 6¼ in (10.2 × 15.8 cm).

Niemeyer 121. – Before the letter? – With mostly still fine margin around the subject. Smoothed little fold perceptible only in the sky part.



on laid paper with the large torso of a figurative watermark. – Apparently not related to any of the Nagler sets and neither included in the 44-sheet Augsburg omnibus edition Schwerdt III, 190. a (“Rare”, 1928 ) of 1821 the earliest. The 137-sheet complete edition Weigel 21336

– “ Most  sheets  very  rare ”, 1857 !  –

yet here not provable elsewhere. Could be related to Niemeyer 124, a shot deer of odd (?) 14 points. Thematically, however,

the  fine  sujet  corresponds  with  the  midnight  sheet  (Th. 241)

Joseph Georg Wintter, Crying Stag of Odd 8 Ends in Rutting Time

of  the  Ridinger  set  of  the  “ Deer’s  Four  Times  of  Day ”

whose two rivals are joined here in one animal.

Wintter was electoral Bavarian Court and Hunt Engraver and member of the electoral academy at Dusseldorf and 1787 he was promoted even 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, b. 1729, from the “famous family of cameralists” [Heß in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie] 1788 in Forst-Archiv [IV, 280 ff.]), who nevertheless till today remained outside of the small, yet growing circle of intimate connoisseurs under the lee of Ridinger and his continuing overwhelming impact, irrespective of voices of important contemporaries calling to attention just like von Moser with his however in this manner not to be adopted conclusion

“ always  better  than  Riedinger ”

or Lorenz von Westenrieder of the same age (b. 1748, theologian, yet especially historian; “has generally an impressionable eye for scenic beauties” [Höhn]), who praised him highly in his 1783 “Almanac of Human History in Bavaria” and in 1785 wrote to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright in Leipsic:

“ This  man  has  extraordinary  talents .”

Finding its expression ultimately in the statement of Thieme-Becker XXXVI (1947), 79 f.

“ Next  Ridinger  the  best  German  depictor  of  the  hunt  of  the  18th century ”

after yet already 1909 and 1921 resp. Höhn (Studien zur Entwicklung der Münchener Landschaftsmalerei v. Ende d. 18. u. v. Anfang des 19. Jh.: “one of the earliest“ among “the early beginnings of Munich Landscape Painting”) and Wolf (Die Entdeckung der Münchener Landschaft, illustrating seven of his etchings) resp. had put him into starting holes unrelated to the hunt.

Present work once more belonging to the hunt, though a sidetrack, in such a manner speaking for itself. And at the same time confirming also in this regard Nagler’s note of 1851 in the Künstler-Lexicon, according to which he

“ yet  preferred … to  do  his  studies  in  the  hunting  ground ”  itself .

And, continuing, his “etchings are excellent and are in the treatment between those by Hollar and Riedinger”. To eventually emphasize 1863 once again expressly in the Dictionary of Monogramists (III, no. 68) the rarity of these beautiful sheets.

Offer no. 15,664 / EUR  730. / export price EUR  694. (c. US$ 839.) + shipping

„ im Internet habe ich in Ihrem Katalog das vorgenannte Werkverzeichnis … gefunden …

Mit Interesse habe ich auch Ihren offenen Brief an die Herausgeber der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 24.7.2003 gelesen, zumal ich (bei früherer Gelegenheit) … mir … von der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung den Vorwurf des ‚Kulturglobalisten‘ gefallen lassen mußte … “

(Herr A. G., 8. Dezember 2003)