Johann Elias Ridinger, White Fox

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). In the Year 1720. His Excellency Sire Count of Ohringen (Hohenlohe-Öhringen) has shot this entirely white fox himself close to Ohrenthal (near Öhringen on the Ohrn in the Ohrn district). “The white fox hangs by one of the hind legs, beside him a strong greyhound lashed up, before one sleeping and still three other hounds” (Th.). With 18.5 cm quite instructive-dominating on the left the extremely long flint-lock gun by which the white one was bagged and on the barrel of which he now hangs. Etching & engraving. (1750/53.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 13⅝ × 9⅞ in (34.7 × 25 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 298; Ortega y Gasset, (Meditations on the Hunt), Stuttgart 1981, full-page ills. p. 65. – Sheet 56 of the Wondrous Stags and other Animals and like the following four other plates there with linings arched at top. – Lower and partly right outer margin barely disturbingly spotted.

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