Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). Cat’s Head. Etching. Inscribed: JG Wintter / 1783. I. 1⅝ × 1⅜ in (4.2 × 3.6 cm).
Niemeyer 7, II. – 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.”
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 generally consented with conclusion “Always better than Riedinger”. 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 an impressionable eye for scenic beauties” [Höhn]), who had already praised him highly in his 1783 “Almanac of Human History in Bavaria”, wrote in 1785 to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright in Leipsic.
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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