(Born Ulm, February 16, 1698
- Died Augsburg, April 10, 1767)
Antique Copperplate Engraving
- Falcons Hunting Herons
"Seht hier eine feines Bild
des Gluecks des Hohes doch! Der Falk und Reiger
Steigt mit kuhnem flug gleich hoch. Doch est geht
Beiden so, wie anderen ihrer Brueder; Wenn Sie
am Hoechsten sind, so stuertzen beide nieder."
Dimensions: 12 X 16.45 inches
full sheet - 9.5 X 13.75 platemark dimensions
Condition: Very good. Light browning of
sheet, a few small brown foxing spots around platemark.
Johann Elias Ridinger (1698-1769)
is one of the most famous German engravers of
animals, particularly horses, hounds and hunting
scenes. He began his training in Ulm with the
painter Christoph Resch (170116), and later
studied under Johann Falch (16871727) in
Augsburg. He learned the art of engraving from
Georg Philipp Rugendas.
At the invitation of
Wolf, Freiherr von Metternich, Ridinger spent
threes years at the Riding School of Regensburg,
an experience which had a profound influence on
his work. His illustrations of equitation are
among his best known engravings.
Sometime around 1723,
Ridinger founded his own art publishing house
in Augsburg and began selling prints that he himself
designed and engraved. These included series on
hunting, breeds of horses, riding manuals, wild
animals and hunting dogs.
After Ridinger's death
his sons Martin Elias Ridinger (173080)
and Johann Jakob Ridinger (173684) continued
to run the publishing house, issuing reprints
of the most popular series of their father's work.
We are not certain which edition this print comes
from, but based on the old handlaid chainlinked
paper it is certainly either 18th Century or early