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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Elevated Shooting Cabin at a Bear Garden

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Elevated Shooting Cabin at a Bear Garden. “In the foreground a dead horse, into the neck of which a young bear has locked, while the other already lies killed before the horse carrion and the mother is just shot down (from two barrels) from the cabin” (Th), while a third hunter peeks through the door. And suggestively a dead trunk with further bait looms tilted from the left to the center. Etching with engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et excud. Aug. Vindelic., otherwise in German as above. 10 × 14⅜ in (25.3 × 36.6 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 77; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, V.12 with ill.; Stubbe, Die Jagd in der Kunst – Johann Elias Ridinger, 1966, plate 9. – Not in the 1997 Ridinger catalog Kielce. – Sheet 9 of the instructive 30-sheet set Ways to trap the Wild Animals (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”, Schwerdt 1928, and “Rarest of All Hunting Sets by Ridinger” [Halle, Munich 1928, LXVIII/323]), as a whole missing even in Helbing’s monumental offer Arbeiten von J. E. und M. E. Ridinger (catalog XXXIV [1900], 1554 lots). – With 6 lines caption.

“ Since he is a vicious opponent, who wrecks even the bravest hounds, it is quite legitimate to get at the bear with artifice and mechanics – hunter and hounds therefore far from the shot or at least in good bunker-like cover – for which the elevated shooting cabin engraved about 1750 offers an illustrative example ”

(Stubbe, op. cit., page 33).

On strong laid paper with typographic watermark (WANGEN?). – Margins on three sides 3.2-4 cm wide, on the left with 1 cm plus the 5 mm wide white platemark more narrow-edged. Here besides narrow cut-out 8 cm long touching the lower corner of the platemark. – Fine impression.

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