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Johann Elias Ridinger, American Bison

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). An American Bison as he fights off the attacking Bears. In light grotto with fine vista of a vastness interrupted by two rock formations, one against three, of which two of the latter are quite knock-out already. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: XVIII. / Ioh. Elias Ridinger, inv. et del. / M. El. Ridinger, sc. A. V., otherwise in German as above. 9⅞ × 13⅞ in (25.2 × 35.2 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 361; Reich auf Biehla Collection 105 ( “Rare”, 1894! ). – Missing in the 1885 Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX.

Plate XVIII of the instructive work To the Special Events and Incidents at the Hunt published for subscription and concluded 1779 (“The rarest set of Ridinger’s sporting line engravings”, Schwerdt 1928) and etched in copper exclusively by Johann Elias’ eldest, Martin Elias, after predominantly his father’s designs.

With 14¼ × 21¼ in (36.3 × 54 cm) sheet size extremely wide-margined impression on laid paper uncut on three sides with typographic watermark and

with  the  Roman  number

( “ If they are missing, so this indicates later impressions ”, Th.).

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