Johann Elias Ridinger, The Par Force Hunt

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Chasse par force. The Par Force Hunt. “In the foreground of an open wooded landscape … One pack is at the heels of the tired stag … Behind of it plenty hunters at a gallop, the first one blows the horn, the others have drawn the sword to give it the coup-de-grâce. Further behind hunters rest with packs of hounds, horses stand on relay and some riders ride hard about. A vivid picture” (Th.). Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et exc. A.V. / avec privil. de Sa. Maj. Imperiale., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16½ in (33.6 ×x 42 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 21; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – Illustrations: Deutsches Leben der Vergangenheit, Eugen Diederichs Verlag, ill. 1478; Blüchel, Die Jagd, 1996, vol. I, page 133; Wolfgang 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, p. 11 (this copy).

From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 9th sheet. – Watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?) visible in outline only. – Margins on three sides 3-3.7, on the right 4.7 cm wide. – Small paper injury at the stitching margin above. – Adequate impression of deeply staggered marvelous chiaroscuro as in such quality rare of old.

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