Johann Elias Ridinger, Chasseur aux levrieres (Coursing a Hare

One  of  the  Finest , Most  Elegant  Sujets

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Windhetzer. Chasseur aux levrieres. (Coursing a Hare.) Riding with great ease & elegance under high sky across the undulatory park-like landscape covered with few groups of trees after a hare. Hunting along two big greyhounds. Etching and engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). C. 1764. Inscribed: L. / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps., otherwise as above. 13¼ × 10⅛ in (33.8 × 25.6 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 124; Ortega y Gasset, (Meditations on the Hunt), 1981, full-size ills. (frontispiece); Pietsch (Ed.), (Porcelain Parforce), 2005, pp. 50 + 121 with illustrations; Steiner, Reverse Paintings on Glass, 2004, 40/40a with illustrations; Wüst, (An Early Modern Country in Hunting-Fever – The “ius venandi” of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach, in Triesdorfer Hefte 9, (The Hunt of the Margraves of Brandenburg-Ansbach in Early Modernity), 2010, pp. 12 + 25 (illustration, this copy).

Sheet 12 (“L.”) of the 25-sheet suite of the Hunters and Falconers with their Work. – “The personal hierarchy began with simple rifle cockers, court huntsmen, ‘still hunt-hands, wind hunters’ … ” (Wüst), the latters “those hunting with greyhounds” (Riesenthal).

With FIAT watermark, related to the WANGEN paper favored by Ridinger. – Margins laterally 4, top & bottom 5.3-5.6 cm wide. – Lower edge and upper left on the back with old trace of glue.

The preparatory drawing in the same direction from a Westphalian Ridinger collection distinguished by unique drawings & states traded here in the 1970s. – Reverse etching on glass of the same size about 1800 in reverse in gold & silver-leaf backed by a layer of black pigment by Jonas Zeuner (Cassel 1727 – Amsterdam 1814), see above. And Michael Victor Acier (Versailles 1736 – Dresden 1795) probably used the scenery about 1766 for a Meissen plate, replacing the hare by a stag and leaving out the back one of the two hounds.

Besides the work corroborates, quite en passant, Ernst Welisch (1901) that Ridinger has been  indisputably  the  “most  important  Augsburg  landscapist  at this time”. And this “although he is primarily known as animal painter”.

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