Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Lion in profile to the right, standing with the fore paws on a killed wild boar. Two drawings (4⅞ × 6½ and 4⅜ × 5¾ in [125 × 165 and 110 × 145 mm] resp.) in black chalk, on both sides of 1 sheet. 8⅜ × 9¾ in (212 × 249 mm).
J. A. G. Weigel, Leipsic,
the catalog of his bequest of original drawings,
Leipsic 1869, no. 829 ?
Ökonomierat Georg Hamminger († 1894),
his collection round stamp G.H. 1894.
in blue (Lugt 1159) verso
His sale Munich, Helbing,
October 21-25, 1895, no. 1942
Dr. Helmut Tenner
sale 110, May 1976, no. 3948
Each still within the original sketchbook
The two sketches of the lion standing on his prey in reverse to the right to the otherwise unchanged core of the engraving Th. 1076
of the Colored Animal Kingdom, the one on the front as the more executed one of the two of the same size, of that 14-sheet sketchbook whose wonderful Christmas Eve dedication written in reverse by the master on occasion of his last Christmas – about three months later the sons will give notice of his decease –
“ To the owner of this book
this little for good remembrance
his sincere friend
Joh. El. Ridinger Augsburg d. 24. Xten 1766 ”
(in German; quoted from Dr. Tenner, see above) made the exercise book so vastly precious, nevertheless it was thumbed soon enough short-windedly and injudiciously by acquiring established trade. The dedication was on the last sheet, a wild horse standing to the right, according to the catalog not engraved (recte probably to Th. 973 [possibly belonging to the group of the Principal Colors of Horses] ?).
With regard to the Animal Kingdom the book comprised sketches to Th.1101, 1032, 1076 (present lion) + 1084 and that in this continuous (coherent?) sequence. Tenner’s reference to no. 318 of “Collection Weigel, Bequest” should be, if indeed above 1869 catalog of the bequest is meant, incorrect as regarding 305 sheet Studies, outline and executed drawings of horses and their races, riding schools from the years 1717 to 1760. Rather suggestive and only possible the 586-sheet no. 829 of “Studies and executed drawings of figures, single animals and compilations, riding, hunting scenes … and so forth … from the time of 1718 to 1758”.
On laid paper uncut on two sides of impeccable freshness, later – within the whole , remember ! – mounted at both the left corners onto gray-blue supporting sheet onto which Hamminger’s collection stamp of 1894 has slightly printed off. Round blue mounting spot in addition center right back. – At the front left lateral edge below by supposedly other old hand numbered 465 in brown ink.
Offer no. 15,611 / price on application
– – – along with aforementioned etching from the only colored first edition
Offer no. 16,013 / price on application