Johann Elias Ridinger, The Water Hunt

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Chasse dans l’eau. The Water Hunt. Stags driven into a river, expected by the hunting party on their anchored hunting boat. In two further boats helpers with hook poles to fetch the killed royals. On the bank front left group of beaters in richly gesturing action, set back on the right a group of mounted horsemen & two elegant carriages behind hunting carriage with six horses for the transport of the game. Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: avec privilege de Sa. Maj. Imp. / Ioh. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13⅜ × 16½ in (34 × 42 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 23; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”); Deutsches Leben der Vergangenheit, Eugen Diederichs Verlag, ill. 1477; 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, ills. p. 18 (this copy).

From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 11th sheet. – Margins on three sides 3.9-4.3, above 2.5 cm wide. – Three tiny brown spots in the white plate (2) and paper area resp. – Marvelous impression of deeply staggered chiaroscuro as in such quality rare of old.

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