Deer  Hunt  in  Munich  Landscape

Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). The Herd of Deer in Full Flight over the Fence. Two stags & three deer in spacious parkland with small accessory figures of a professional together with a boy placed back. However, besides the enchanting easiness of the scenery and the plenty of growth two splintered tree vanities mixed in (in)ignorably. Etching. Inscribed: JGWintter: inv fecc et exc: Monachÿ 1785 / I. 9 × 13¾ in (22.7 × 34.8 cm).


(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013


Catalog Book to the Exhibition

Pages 31 (double full-page detail illustration) + 150

Niemeyer 66, I (of II); Nagler 14 and notwithstanding his “oblong fol.” here and “large oblong fol.” there without a doubt already included in his no. 4, Set of Four Deer Hunts in Parks; Schwerdt 38.

With 3-5 mm white margin (in this upper left two minimal tears) trimmed to platemark. Right above still extending into the subject’s hatching thin corner spot with done small tear from previous mounting, in the meadow part before the left stag’s mouth acid-freely backed thrust injury practically imperceptible in the subject.

The  also  in  respect  to  the  landscape  rich  opening  sheet

Joseph Georg Wintter, Hirschrudel in full Flight

for the 4-sheet set “Deer in Parks” (so, too, Weigel, sect. XIII, 1843, no. 12596; Niemeyer 66-69)


(the posthumous second state not before 1821). As then also Weigel attested the early consummate 1857 on occasion of the here otherwise not provable 137-sheet complete edition per lot 21336 of his art stock catalog:

“ Most  sheets  very  rare .”

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”. While in the Dictionary of Monogramists (III, no. 68) of 1863 eventually

emphasizing  once  more  expressly  the  scarcity  of  these  beautiful  sheets .

Offer no. 16,081 / EUR  730. / export price EUR  694. (c. US$ 839.) + shipping

„ … bin mit Ihrem (Ankaufs-)Angebot vollauf zufrieden. Bitte weisen Sie das Geld auf mein Konto … Ich bedanke mich bei Ihnen für den Abschluss des Geschäfts und verbleibe mit freundlichen Grüßen “

(Frau S. P., 25. Mai 2013)