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Johann Elias Ridinger, The Spring of the Hounds

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Spring of the Hounds. The pack leader defending the hare against three other greyhounds and a waterhound by a boulder. Washed brush drawing over pencil. Inscribed with pale pencil within the subject below left: Joh. Elias Ridinger inv. et del. 17¼-17⅜ × 13¼ in (438-440 × 336 mm) (subject size 16¾-16⅞ × 13¼ in [426-429 × 336 mm]).

Exhibition

(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013

Literature

Catalog Book to the Exhibition

Page 148/II

The painterly preparatory drawing furnished with marks of trace and, on the back, red chalk in reverse to sheet 1 – Thienemann 105, illustrated in Blüchel, Die Jagd, II, p. 79 – of the Four Seasons of the Hounds (“Especially excellent are the sheets with the hounds … “, Nagler) supposed for the early ’40s.

On strong, but not heavy laid paper with watermark “IV” (Jean Villedary?, paper mill prospering for 150 years in Angoulême (acc. to Churchill, 1935, p. 21 from 1668 to 1758) and then in resumption or as a branch at Hattem/Netherlands, “sometimes in conjunction with the names of Dutch paper-makers” (Emma Ruffle) where his IV/I V for instance appears as countermark to the ones of C & I HONIG (about 1724/26-1902), but generally also abused as pirated mark like others standing for first qualities, too. We find the “IV” as a contemporary mark in the graphic Ridinger œuvre in many cases, among the drawings e. g. on his 1723 signed one Alexander the Great 326 at the Hyphasis in India present here and as monogram “I V” on the 1762 drawing Wild Ducks stalked by Wildcats in Augsburg (Biedermann, [Master Drawings of German Baroque], 1987, no. 165). And Villedary’s complete mark “IV ILLEDARY” on the 1736 Good Sport drawing by the younger Georg Philipp Rugendas.

Of best condition except for a pinhead-small hole and, predominantly on the back, seven marginal traces of former mounting in spots on a sheet removed only by now (on this by old hand in italics as inscription in the center “Coursing” and on the right “Ridinger”). In the center of the narrow white subfield of the drawing itself a “20.” in pencil as supposed inventory number of a former owner and therefore mark of origin of a more comprehensive collection of drawings.

Contrary to the etching the pack leader’s tip of the tail a little less formed and the waterhound’s left foreleg concealed under the belly.

Extraordinarily charming finally the duplication of the master’s working process on the transfer to the copper plate in the form of the already mentioned red chalking and tracing, the latter down to sub-parts as not used generally. By this, however, allowing the that wanted, as famous as precious “look over the shoulder”.

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