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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 Wondrous Stags 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).

Thematic  pendant

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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