“ America you have it better ,
than our Continent the old ”
( Goethe )
Good Grand Old Party
Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Vengeance of a Lowly on a Mighty is pernicious. Travelling through Europe on an educational trip an elephant – for the Indian poets
“ symbol of wisdom and sympathy …
and eight elephants support the universe ”
(Meyer’s Convers.-Lex., 4th ed., 510), one of them together then the leader of the Republicans, too, – inadvertently hurt a pert little fox whereupon its whole tribe considered to punish the colossus. But
shortly “the army was pulverized”.
Etching + engraving. (1744.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. sculp. et excud., otherwise as above in German, French, and Latin. 13¼ × 9⅞ in (33.6 × 25.1 cm).
and especially for the Instruction of the Youth ”
“ Ridinger pursued a typical purpose of his epoch. A ‘Correction of Manners’ by the morale efficacy of art – though in quite a different manner – William Hogarth, almost of the same age as Ridinger, had attempted by his paintings and prints … Yet while Hogarth and Chodowiecki tried to gain recognition for their (identical) ideas by satirical sets, as A Rake’s Progress, 1735 … Ridinger built on the – especially suitable to him (that is, so he himself, ‘since the hoary times of the ancient ages’) – tradition of the animal fable ”
(Stefan Morét, Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, p. 96).
“ The elephant did a travel to Europe … (and) came through a large forest and had the misfortune to tread off the tail of a young fox who was, by forwardness to view him, coming too near to him. The fox … set up a great shout and called to his folks to revenge this shame and insult, which
this ( Non-European )
has done to him. All came to terms about this and considered how they could attack so that their revenge would be carried out. It did not lack of artfulness and rage, but, however, it went off badly. Some the elephant trampled to death, others he took up with his trunk
( “… in the trunk they have an almost incredible power …
by which they can deal dreadful strokes …” )
and threw them into the height … This went so to heart of an old fox that he set up to yell: Oh tyrannical manifestation! No, the elephant said,
on such a revenge such a deserts follows ”
(Ridinger in the separate accompanying text).
Corresponding also with the Chinese wisdom “If the domination of the great becomes oppressive time has come to hold still, and the direct way would not be the shortest one.”
The watercolored original pen drawing in the same direction from the Weigel sale (not in the 1869 catalog of the bequeathed drawings), figuring as “Splendid, completely executed watercolor” per lot 110 on the 1890 Ridinger sale at Wawra in Vienna, now in a Bavarian Ridinger collection. That drawing in reverse used for the transfer on the copper-plate was on the market in the 1980s. And an executed study of the elephant in the 1990s in America.
Splendid early impression . – Without the numbering above right unknown in general, but appearing later. – Lying loosely on bluish-grey laid paper of the early 18th century watermarked SICKTE along with a C, open to the left, under a crown of a prince (Von Veltheim paper mill at Sickte, Lower Saxony) on which it was mounted in the second half of the 19th century. – Above mostly trimmed on platemark, otherwise throughout with a little margin additionally to the fine white platemark itself. – Brown stipples in the left ear of the elephant.
Offer no. 12,505 / EUR 649. / export price EUR 617. (c. US$ 675.) + shipping
More plates from the Fables set :
„ Habe heute Ihre Sendung dankend erhalten. Freue mich schon, das Buch meinem Mann … zu Weihnachten zu schenken. Liebe Grüße aus … am Dachstein “
(Frau K. G., 12. September 2007)