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Joseph Georg Wintter, Leopard

Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). The Leopard scenting to the left. In front of rocky water landscape. Etching. Inscribed: JG Wintter invenit et fecit ano. 1784. 5⅝ × 8⅛ in (14.4 × 20.5 cm).

Niemeyer 35, II; Nagler 13, 4. – From the 44-sheet Augsburg omnibus edition Schwerdt III, 190, a ( “Rare“, 1928 ) of 1821 the earliest, whose marvelous printing qualities on strong paper reveal the small editions and had Schwerdt frequently yet erroneously infer proofs before the letter. But already on occasion of the here otherwise not provable 137-sheet complete edition Weigel 21336 this stated 1857: “Most sheets very rare.”

And totally splendid . Just like the present one .

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 Jahrbuch der Menschengeschichte in Bayern 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.

And generally Nagler 1851 in the Künstler-Lexicon: 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.

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“ I would like to thank you most sincerely for your expert analysis of the portfolio and for the considerable amount of time you gave to this effort. I will take your advice and we shall see what happens … Again, my sincere thanks ”

(Mr. P. S., March 22, 2012)