The 28 Points Stag with the Leader
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). This Stag of 28 Points has been shot by His Highness the ruling landgrave – Louis VIII – at Hesse-Darmstadt near Battenberg in the forest of the same name on October 10, 1742. Etching with engraving. Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger del. sculps. et exc. Aug. Vind. 1753, otherwise in German as above. 13¾ × 9⅞ in (34.9 × 25.2 cm).
Sheet 57 (Thienemann + Schwarz 299; Ridinger Catalogue Darmstadt, 1999, VI.3, ills.; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger, 1999, pp. 28 f. with ills.) of the 101-sheet set Representation of the Most Wondrous Deer and other Animals published since 1735 at the latest.
“ Presented is an already perished red stag … Battenberg lies north of Marburg and was the centre of a wide chase on the southern outskirts of the Rothaar Mountains … A so-called leader stands over the stag. Its lead is to be seen clearly in the image. By it the hound has been bound on the right below. In the middle right one sees a barrel with sling belonging to a flint-lock gun, whose trigger guard is recognizable, but its flint is hidden by a stone. At the barrel to see also the ramrod.
It can be assumed
that the landgrave has finished the stag with this gun ”
(S.-Weitz with 10th September as hunting day contrary to Catalogue Darmstadt as 10th October in harmony with the description both on the oil by Stockmar ibid. VI.3a – “(on the Dodenau meadow on the Eder under the Little Pit Hole in the Battenberg forest on October 10, 1742 – and at the trophy, VI.3b, too).
“ The creation of the picture by Ridinger ,
who presents the perished stag in a way
that his extraordinary antlers can be studied in detail
by the beholder ,
is artistically far superior
to the somewhat formal reproduction of the same stag by Johann Georg Stockmar. Presumably Ridinger has used a drawing after the trophy sent to him from Darmstadt to depict the antlers as in the case of The Stag with the Three Beams, too ”
(Morét in Catalogue Darmstadt).
to the also already dead Snub-Eared Main Boar guarded by a Packer (Th. 300, illustrated in Catalogue Darmstadt VI.4 + Siebert-Weitz p. 31), the figuration of which above is closed in an arch, too, and “with that it belongs together within the set” (S.-Weitz). As Ridinger has dedicated his most famous copper-works, the imperial pendants Th. 67/68, to the stag-boar-relation, too.
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