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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Trotting

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Trotting. Open place in front of the ruins of an once imposing estate with group of four horses and six grooms under supervision of the equerry. Finely bordered pen and brown ink with grey wash. (1722.) 8⅜ × 13⅜ in (214 × 340 mm).

The original drawing before being side-inverted for the preparation of the etching for plate 3 – Thienemann 608 – of the first riding school as the wonderful evidence of the perfection of style Ridinger had already reached in the early age of 24 as stated repeatedly already with regard to others of his early works.

Mounted in the early 19th century and fancily bordered on the mounting paper in black ink, on the sides additionally with a line of horseshoes crescending from top and bottom. This finally mounted on a wooden frame. For more timeless presentation the additional borders as not originally by Ridinger are coverd by the acid-free passepartout with gilt stamped artist’s name and dates.

The condition quite fine. The tender edging not any more covering in all places, here and there somewhat cut away also. The almost uniform slight browness in no way a nuisance to the general impression. That the plasticity was diminished a bit – supposedly by influence of light – attracting attention only by comparison with the parallel drawing. And generally enthusing the vigour of the drawing itself reflecting the youthfulness of the artist himself.

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