Johann Elias Ridinger, The Poor Hare

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The poor hare falls to the sun-shy owl’s share and this to the hunter’s barrel /: A rare case!:/ … Eagle owl with hare in the claws above hilly landscape with rocks under the full moon, looking down at the firing huntsman. Etching + engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: III. / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as before and below. 13¾ × 9¼ in (34.9 × 23.6 cm).

Thienemann + Schwarz 346; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX, 1868 ( “Very rare”, 1885! ) ; Reich auf Biehla Collection 93 ( “Extremely rare”, 1894! ); Helbing XXXIV, Works by J. E. and M. E. Ridinger, 860 (“Rare”, 1900).

Sheet III of the 46-sheet set To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928), etched exclusively by Martin Elias after predominantly his father’s designs and concluded posthumously in 1779.

The two closing lines of the caption

“ He  who  suppresses  weaker  ones  should  not  rejoice  too  much .

For  quite  easily  a  stronger  one  comes  over  him ”

documenting also here that Ridinger deliberately passed over in silence till now, who was subject of the “Dresden Address – The Minimized Ridinger” here given on the ceremonial act of the Technical University Dresden on occasion of his 300th birthday.

Wide-margined impression of very fine chiaroscuro originating from the omnibus volume of the old estate of a nobleman with typographic watermark as supposed countermark of the Wangen paper mill as one of Ridinger’s preferred firm laid paper qualities

with  the  Roman  number

(“If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions”, Th.). The set itself “arranged almost throughout so that always two by two harmonize with each other and form pendants, just as they have been sold in pairs, too” (Th.). – Acid-freely backed small tear as well as small box pleat at the white upper edge.

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