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Johann Elias Ridinger, To Whistle the Roe!

Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). (To Whistle the Roe! or How the Roes are shot on the Call.) On the right at the beginning of a sloping course the roebuck making the death-bound, the doe behind it looking up surprisedly. On the left within the thicket under a tree the hunter along with the baiting assistant still pointing the gun with outlined line of fire. Wooded scenery, in front right below the roes a water with a dead tree-trunk sunk in. Pen and brown ink and wash. On the caption mounted on verso inscribed in brown pen: Johan(n) Elias Ridinger inv. et del: 1758 —., otherwise in German as above and following. 8⅜ × 14¼ in (214 × 361 mm).

Exhibition

(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)

Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg

January 13 – March 3, 2013

Literature

Catalog Book to the Exhibition

Double full-page detail illustration in color on innercovers and fly-leaves

and once more in color page 43 + page 148/II (text)

Drawing not executed in copper on the hunt with the mating call missing in the graphic œuvre and in a such a manner thematically complementing the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure created about 30 years before and in regard of the pure image size remaining behind the oblong format of this, namely c. 5 cm in the height and c. 4 cm in the width, but like those with 6-line explanation (in German) of the procedure, too:

Johann Elias Ridinger, To Whistle the Roe!

“ (One takes the outer bark from birches, makes thereon a call of two voices like the doe when it is alarmed for its fawns, but the call must be right far off and pure. Now when in such a place where the roebucks stay in oneself lies in wait, so the latter will appear shortly, especially if the roebuck does not have a doe with it. But the hunter must get very ready for shot for they turn about quickly and abscond if they notice the merest or get wind so that it is need that one take the shooting stand below the wind. For the call could taken also leaves of apple, beech, and pear, but the bark of the birch is the best.) ”

Ridinger, To Whistle the Roe! (detail)
Detail: While one hunter still whistles, the other already fires

Trimmed at the fine borderline in brown ink and, possibly throughout already contemporarily, mounted by old on laid paper with border washed in green and edged by fine lines in brown ink. The drawing additionally lined by a slender streak of gilt paper. The whole mounted anew on laid paper laminated repeatedly which margin has been washed in black. Here three wormholes coming from back. A tender other one only in front and here in the image centre noticeable only a little. An even browness caused by mounting affecting the impression of the image less than giving it rather a very fine authentic patina.

Offer no. 29,057 / price on application