Ridinger’s unique (?) representation of a
Black Red Deer
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Black Fallow Deer has been shot in the (Hohenlohe) Highgrave Kirchberg Hunting Ground at Thierberg in 1739, with these Rare Antlers, by the Gamekeeper there Job. Jac. Brasoler. Equally this Large and Strong Roebuck with these fine Antlers has been shot in the County Erbach Jan. 5, 1755. Before mighty hedgerow with view of conifers. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. et direxit Aug. Vind. 1765 / Martin Elias Ridinger sculps. A. V., otherwise in German as before. 13½ × 10½ in (34.3 × 26.7 cm).
Red Deer rarity + Ridinger work rarity
the representation of a black with additionally rare points within his Wondrous as fascinated already Löns, recalled again by Paul Dahms in his Wild und Jagd vom Darß bis zu den Alpen (Munich 2005, pp. 38 f.):
“ ‘And there I saw him. Like the devil incarnate’ … when (Löns) had a black roebuck in sight for the first time … the density is very small. So the hunt on a black buck remains always something special and so it was for Hermann Löns, too, who for three years stubbornly stalked till he got the ‘Black from the Misery Dale’ before the gun again and could shoot him finally. ”
In respect of the eldest, Martin Elias, as the etcher/engraver of this plate it is by the way not only after realization here that his impact on the Ridinger œuvre is much larger than that of an engaged co-worker only. For already at an age of thirty he just acted as a spiritus rector behind the scene ensuring that sets were completed as just also the monumental 101-sheet one of the Most Wondrous Deer to which the plate here belongs, too. Of the last 27 works Martin Elias conveyed to the printing-plates alone 21! Without him the plate offered to you here would not exist!
And as Wolf Stubbe (Joh. El. Ridinger, Hamburg/Berlin 1966, pp. 16 f. + pl. 34), going in medias res, celebrates Th. 722, The Wild Buffalo and the Crocodile, from the Fights of Killing Animals as an artistic zenith of the late work in respect of its luminous efficiency, he pays tribute together, because judging by the plate, not the drawing, to Martin Elias as the etcher/engraver of that work. An aspect illustrating deeply the Ridinger teamwork.
Ref. no. 15,004 / in stock – not cataloged / request description & offer