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Ridinger, White Badger

Salutation  to  the

Conclusion  of  Peace  at  Hubertusburg  in  1763

now  255  Years  ago

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This very rare white badger which was speckled with yellow reddish and dark chestnut spots has been dug out and hounded in the park at St. Hubertusburg (near Leipsic) the 5th 9bris in the year of 1724. On a pass to the right, certain of its future, and basking in the sun. Behind it rocks and woods, in front wild herbs on low rocks. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1763.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculpsit., otherwise in German as before. 14 × 10⅜ in (35.4 × 26.3 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 316; Reich auf Biehla Collection 71; publications of the ridinger gallery niemeyer 20, no. 54 with ills. – Missing in the Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885). – Sheet 74 of the only posthumously completed set of the Wondrous Stags and other Animals, together the first of these executed by son Martin Elias, who overcame his father’s weariness starting about 1756 by this. Because just four sheets still etched by Johann Elias himself, Th. 312-315, were published during the Seven Years’ War. And of the final 27 starting smoothly in 1763 only six were executed by himself. Therefore the caesura given for the work by the

Hubertusburg  “Peace”  Badger

is obvious. The following sheets, also etched by Martin Elias, concern events from 1763 and thus allow for the general chronological classification of the one here, too.

But analogously to the “salutatory works” Th. 274 f. to the return to Munich of the Wittelsbach elector Charles Albert as Roman-German emperor Charles VII in 1744, historically secured by the dating (1744) and the textual actualizing (“Imperial” pleasure seats), and based on its proven anyway near chronological surrounding and thus besides its missing date, the work of the Hubertusburg badger here may be valued, too, as being

dedicated  to  the  conclusion  of  peace  there  255  years  ago .

The drawing of the Hubertusburg badger, black chalk heightened with white on bluish paper, in the Ridinger appendix of Weigel’s catalog of the bequested drawings of 1869 under position 380.

Marvelous impression rich in contrast and a warm tone on buff laid paper. On the back marginal tape around from previous framing and a corresponding light streak on the front in the 2.8-5.1 cm wide white margin. Small backed tear lower left.

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