“ … pay  painstaking  attention  to  the  trace ”

Ridinger  makes  Professionell  Stag  Hunters

A  Classic  Instruction  Motif  of  Hunting

as  an  absolute  Unicum

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Confirming of the Noble Stag with the Leader. While in front three hunters still discuss the trace and instruct their two hounds a fourth one already lets his one follow the royal stag standing in the wood at long lead. Etching with engraving. Ca. 1729. Inscribed: Ioh. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sc. et exc. A. V. / avec priv. de sa M. Imp. 12 × 9¼ in (30.5 × 23.4 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 16; Stubbe, 1966, plate 3; Blüchel, Die Jagd, 1996, vol. II, p. 80. – One of the eight smaller-sized sheets of the instructive educational set of the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure as the earliest one of the great hunting sets of the œuvre now executed in copper by Ridinger himself. – With extensive caption in German/French :

“ The hunter so he wants to confirm a noble stag shall start early in the morning and go to the forest with his leader, keeping the latter on the short or long lead each according to the situation and letting run it before himself. If the scent is fresh or not a well versed hunter will know by his leader. Then pay painstaking attention on the trace and all the marks left behind. So he then notices that the hound draws strongly and fierily so he shall track the noble stag and pay careful attention on the droppings, too, if it is still fresh and what he has grazed. So he finds a 2nd or 3rd trace he shall prove which will be the most interesting and if the stag is fit for hunting. But

above  all  he  must  well  understand  his  leader  and  trust  it  more  than  the  wind

and take care that the leader holds the nose on the scent, otherwise it’s a great fault.

La  Quéte  du  Cerf

Le Veneur, ayant frotté avec du bon vinaigre le naseaux de on limier, pour lui aiguiser l’odorat, entre dans les bois de bon matin, la  rosée en etant presque abbattüe, tenant devant lui son Chien attaché `a une longe, pour le retenier en ses grandes ardeurs et l’empecher de sortir hors de voyes et de tomber en defaut: Ayant rencontre d’un Cerf, il prendra garde, s’il va de bon tems, de quoi s’etant asseure, il tache de le rendre au couvert et de le rembucher. ”

“ … the  setting  up  and  design  of  the  hunt  (however)

belonged  to  the  artistic  jobs  of  the  18th  century ”

(so in a 1991 exhibition catalogue of the Hamburg Art Gallery commenting on a Ridinger item).

The hunt in the age of Ridinger thus art-historically no longer understood separately on its own, separate thus also not Ridinger himself as its mere protagonist, but seen as standing in closest context with the century as a whole. Thereby, however, its undisputed Grand Master no longer stands for simply the hunt, but just for a whole epoch. With all the challenge for research which inevitably results from this. And also results from it as at the same place

“ the  engraved , etched , and  mezzotinted  work  of  Ridinger

is  compared  as  equal-ranking

to  the  major  graphic  works  of  the  18th  century . ”

That is, literally:

“ As Piranesi addressed those interested in the ancient , Hogarth the civic common sense by their works (likewise) annotated by engraved explanations, Ridinger doubtless had the interest of the courts and the nobility on his side . ”

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