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Preparatory  Drawing

of  the  Shaggy & Common  Greyhounds

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Smooth and shaggy common Greyhounds. Two of them, coupled, resting and sitting resp. to the right. Pen and brown ink. C. 1735. Inscribed: at the upper edge as above & lower right N.9. (sic!). 3½ × 4 in (90 × 103 mm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Smooth and Shaggy Common Greyhounds (pen and brown ink)

Thienemann (1856) sect. III, Drawings, portfolio IV, p, Design of Several Animals, para. 2

“ … a  similar  collection  in  smaller  format … in  pen  and  brown  ink ”

(page 276).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Smooth and shaggy common Greyhounds (etching)Outline design in the same direction and original size of just the hounds to Th. 397 as No. 7 of the set (see comparative ills.), thus by Ridinger originally intended as N. 9. For the preparatory drawing of the entire composition in wash and bistre see Thienemann ibid. para. 1 and lot 553 of the Ridinger appendix of Weigel’s catalog of drawings of 1869 resp.

While Thienemann could document on the basis of Weigel’s inventory essentially originating in Ridinger’s bequest of drawings with 118 pictorially complete drawings (IV p, para. 1) almost the entire series of the Design, so, without possible further ones among the horses,

only  16  sheet  of  the  small-sized  core  designs

which he dates as of 1735. Present work a therefore rare, indeed, precious evidence.

From an old album with corresponding traces of mount on the back and erroneous written attribution to Jos. Gg. Wintter in pencil. – Trimming of the upper edge with loss of little to half of the designation’s upper part.

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