Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). How wisely God has distributed the skills! The birds in the air, the animals on earth … . Two long-eared bats (Vespertilio auritus. Linn.), really huge, on half of the sheet size, flying in the air. One from the front, the other from behind. The foreground formed, à la Karl Wilhelm de Hamilton, the “animal still-life specialist” and court painter of the Augsburg prince-bishop in whose workshop the young Ridinger possibly has worked, by finely and largely drawn thistles with two frogs. Etching + engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XXXV. / M. El. Ridinger, sp. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as before and below. 15 × 11⅛ in (38 × 28.3 cm).
Thienemann + Schwarz 378. – The bats figuring moreover in the same position, though considerably smaller, on plate Dark Squirrel Ditto Light one / Flying Squirrel / Rats. Mice. / Bats of the Colored Animal Kingdom.
Sheet XXXV 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 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.). Here thus with the chameleons with lizard.
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