Cattle  by  the  Crème  de  la  Crème

Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). (Animal Pieces after Several Masters etched and published … Court and Hunting Engraver in Munich [1783/]1784.) 7 of 8 sheet of the set of the cattle. Etchings. C. 5⅛ × 7⅛ in (13 × 18 cm).

Niemeyer 47-53, II; Nagler 12. – 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 reveals the small editions and had Schwerdt, unaware of the chronological factors, frequently conclude proofs before the letter. – Without the title etching after Johann Heinrich Roos.

Karel Dujardin/Joseph Georg Wintter, The Pissing Cow Karel Dujardin/Joseph Georg Wintter, Old Cow to the left Karel Dujardin/Joseph Georg Wintter, Resting Cow Karel Dujardin/Joseph Georg Wintter, Standing and Resting Cow Nicolaes Berchem/Joseph Georg Winter, Bull to the right Karel Dujardin/Joseph Georg Wintter, Grazing Cow to the left Jan Both/Joseph Gerog Wintter, The Two Cows lying together
  1. The Pissing Cow and the Two Sheep. Before village silhouette. After Karel Dujardin (Amsterdam 1622 – Venice 1678). C. du hortein. inv. fecit / 2 (in reverse) / JGWintter. feit (sic!). 1783. – The  famous  sujet. – The wide white margin somewhat fox spotted on two sides.
  2. The Bony Old Cow to the left, before rotten lying trunk. Before village silhouette. After Dujardin as above. K. du. jardin. inv. / 3 (in reverse) / JGWintter 1784 .
  3. The Resting Cow at the Fence to the left. With farm silhouette. After Dujardin as above. K. du jardin inv. / 4 (in reverse) / JGWintter Fecit 1784. – In the far wide white lower margin somewhat foxed.
  4. The Standing and the Resting Cow, each to the right. On a pasture close to the village with the steeple in the background. After Dujardin as above. K. du. jardin inv / 5 / JGWintter sculp 1784.
  5. The Bull to the right on a Fine Plateau. After Nicolaes Berchem (Haarlem 1620 – Amsterdam 1683). Berchem. inv. / 6 / JGWintter. sculp. 1784.
  6. The Grazing Cow to the left and the one resting at the fence below a mighty tree, looking at the beholder. With church and the roof of a farm to the right. After Dujardin as above, ringing  in  the  zenith’s  abundance  of  atmosphere . K du jardin inv. / 7 / JGWintter. sculp. 1784.
  7. The Two Cows lying together amidst painterly hilly landscape. After Jan Both (c. 1615 Utrecht 1652). Both. inv / 8 / JGWintter sculps. 1784. – The  splendid  finish .

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 “Almanac of Human History in Bavaria”.

Exemplary here then his almost complete

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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