Johann Elias Ridinger, The Wild Horse

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Cheval sauvage on le laisse dans le desert jusque dans la troisieme ou quatrieme, apres on le dresse pour l’usage, n’a qu’un quelque sois deux de petits, on s’en sert 15. ou 20. ans. The Wild Horse is left in the Wild up to the 3rd and 4th Year, then trained for use; mostly foals only one, now and then 2. Foals; they serve for use 15. to 20. Years. In mountainous parts “full of courage and fire, leaping over an old trunk lying across the way”. Flying the curled crest, the head turned to the right. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 40. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inven. pinx. sculps. et exc. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13¾ × 16⅞ in (34.9 × 42.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 235. – Sheet 40 of the Study of the Wild Animals, by which Ridinger memorialized Bucephalus, the famous horse of Alexander the Great (cf. Curtius Rufus, The History of the Life and Reign of Alexander the Great, London 1809, vol. I, pp. 34 ff.; here available the German edition Frankfort/Main 1783 in 2 vols. per 16,117).

With the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins on three sides 3.7-4.2, above 2.7 cm wide. – Professionally done tear in the wide white lower margin.

Of  shining-marvelous  quality  &  therefore  rarity .

Offer no. 16,130 / price on application