Following for the Course of the Year Dresden’s Question

“ What is BEAUTIFUL ? ”

As theme of the big special exhibition of the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum at the Lingnerplatz March 27, 2010 – January 2, 2011 for whose catalog volume niemeyer’s could provide the illustrations for Hogarth’s Analysis of Beauty.

niemeyer’s, always right in the midst , takes part on his stage , his way . And presents here as his current contribution.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Badger

For  Badger  it  is  the  Best

to have become

Animal  of  the  Year  2010

and being honored by His Excellency the Federal Secretary of the Treasury as sign of his quite special, uh, esteem by a portrait special stamp.

In Ridinger’s coloring of the COLORED ANIMAL KINGDOM! Today apart beforehand.

Later  then  together  with  all  the  126  further  Quadrupeds . In  a  wonderful  copy  for which to put you into the proper mood Badger invites you to the picture show at the end of his present appearance.

But  first  HE & His  CLAN  have  their  Animal-of-the-Year  Gala  Entrance …


Hound Badger. / Boar Badger. “There are two badgers of one kind (there are no more in our parts)”. Colored etching & engraving. Inscribed: Ridinger. sc. 12⅜ × 8¼ in (31.3 × 21 cm). – Thienemann & Schwarz 1067. – Illustration above.

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HE …

Johann Elias Ridinger, White Badger

Foremost , however ,

taking  a  rest  in  the  warmth  of  the  Ol’  Sun


dedicated  by  the  Augsburg  master

to  the  conclusion  of  peace  at  Hubertusburg

by  which  the  Seven  Years’  War

as  a  global  conflict  of  modern  dimension

1763  came  to  an  end

and  established  Prussia  as  European  power

“ Isn’t  all  that  BEAUTIFUL ? ”

This  Very  Rare  White  Badger , which was speckled with yellow reddish and dark chestnut spots, has been dug out and hounded in the park at St. Hubertusburg (near Leipsic, the foundations incidentally laid just the same year) in the Year of 1724 the 5th 9bris. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1763.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculpsit., otherwise in German as above. 14 × 10⅜ in (35.4 × 26.3 cm). – Thienemann & Schwarz 316;

In local regard though the zoologically rare badger is together with the equestrian portrait of elector Frederick Augustus II as Polish king Augustus III (Th. 830; „lived as enthusiastic hunter mostly in Hubertusburg Castle“, Meyers Konv.-Lex., 4th ed., II, p. 96/I)

one  of  Ridinger’s  only  two  own  Saxon  motifs .

For the one from the board Zoll in Electoral Saxony combined with that of Hesse-Darmstadt in Th. 385 only came to Saxony when its messenger, the painter Johann Georg Stockmar had already moved from Saxony to Darmstadt.

The drawing of the Hubertusburg badger, black chalk heightened with white on bluish paper, in the Ridinger appendix of Weigel’s catalog of the bequeathed drawings of 1869 under position 380.

Marvelous impression of rich contrasts and a warm tone on buff laid paper. On the back surrounding marginal tape from previous framing and a corresponding light streak on the front in the 2.8-5.1 cm wide white margin. Small backed tear lower left.

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“ Two  utterly  Different  Animals
this  Fine  (Ridinger)  Engraving  presents  here ”

The Badger, and the Squirrel, both have 3. to 4. Young Ones, the latter are able to breed in the First Year. 2 times 4-headed domestic happiness, divided on belle étage and upper stories. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 29. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind, otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 14⅝ × 16⅞ in (34.7 × 42.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 224. – Sheet 29 of the STUDY OF THE WILD ANIMALS with the caption of the Hamburg pope of poets, jurist & senator, yet foremost friend of Ridinger’s, Barthold Heinrich Brockes (1680-1747), in German. – With WANGEN watermark as so characteristic for contemp. impressions. – Margins 3.2-4.2 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Badger + Squirrel

“ Two utterly different animals this fine engraving presents here , and in the same the laziness , also the sprightliness for us , together with the idleness and the industry … As the lazy badger, however … and lives of his own fat , which is useful for many things , as no less the skin, along with the rather soft hair , from which , along with even more things , we make the best painter’s tool exquisite brushes … ”

And not least and by chance already in 1901 Ernst Welisch qualified Ridinger as the  indisputably  “most  important  Augsburg  landscapist  of this time”. Here then

of  shining-marvelous  quality  &  therefore  rarity ,

for even in exemplary old Ridinger collections the old impressions of particularly this so fine large-sized main set frequently figure as closely trimmed, damaged, and fully mounted. So including present one in the Silesian collection 1885 at Boerner, 1894 with Reich auf Biehla & at least without platemark 1889 with Coppenrath, too.

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– – – The same as postcard in rotogravure by O. Felsing, (Berlin-)Charlottenburg. C. 1900/20. 3⅝ × 5⅝ in (9.3 × 14.2 cm). – Unused “ARTIST CARD”.

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“ So  suffer  with  Patience ”

Servitude taken up for Love of Splendor one shall endure with Patience. A stag of 12 points subjected himself to the toil of a sumpter-horse for the fine bridle. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). After 1767. Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger. inv. et del. / M. El. Ridinger. sc. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German, Latin, and French as before. 13¼ × 9¾ in (33.6 × 24.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 782. – Sheet 18 of the Fables. – Marvelous impression of vibrant chiaroscuro. – With fine white platemark and paper margin. In the latter left one old traces of stitching.


of the intellectually as optically exceedingly charming “Instructive Fables from the Animal Kingdom for Improvement of the Manners and especially for Instruction of the Youth” by which

“ Ridinger pursued a typical purpose of his epoch. A ‘Correction of Manners’ by the morale efficacy of art – albeit in a quite 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, page 96).

Originally intended to be far more comprehensive – so the reverse preparatory drawing for the 20th traded here was inscribed with “Fab 31” while beside only globally mentioned others neither numbered nor used Thienemann knew one not engraved numbered 30 – Ridinger left it 1744 at only 16 sheet and only his eldest, Martin Elias, added them at hand of bequeathed designs to 20. By which Thienemann’s “make themselves quite scarce” of 1856 was pre-programmed. Accordingly then also the 1889 catalog of the Coppenrath Collection on the 20-sheet copy: “Beautiful main series … Rare”. And Helbing 1900 in his 1554-sheet Ridinger offer (Cat. XXXIV): “The last (4) numbers are exceedingly rare”. And while he had beside a complete copy multiple apart copies of the first sixteen except for 12 & 13, so of the last four only one each of 17 & 19 in addition.

“So suffer with patience”

Johann Elias Ridinger, Love of Splendor

Badger  comments  the  sight

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And  not  least  thinks  of  himself  and  his  envied  rain-proof  coat  with  its  finest  brush  hairs  dear  to  the  connoisseur .

For  where’s  lots  of  beauty , there’s  also  some  shadow

And  so  for the English  sportsman  badger  then  also  means

hound , harrass & pester …

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Badger Hunt. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez.v.J.H(sic!).Ridinger,lith.v.H.Menzler, otherwise in German as above. 12⅜ × 8⅞ in (31.5 × 22.5 cm).

Through  this  ravine

Johann Elias Ridinger, Badger Hunt (Lithograph by Hermann Menzler)

he  must  come …

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album II/5.) – Cf. Thienemann 157. – From the “Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures” carried as 2nd part. The whole rare set almost unknown to literature and comprising 80 sheet plus a recently discovered illustrated title of far larger subject size (13¾ × 14⅛ in [47.5 × 36 cm]), though practically to be completed just peu à peu, here, however, available in an almost complete showcase copy. In the pictorial effect corresponding to that of the aquatint technique not used by Ridinger anymore. – On strong wide-margined paper.

Taking up the action of plate 19 of the “Fair Game Hounded by the Different Kinds of Hounds”, though not rounded at the top and before a completely rearranged scenic background. In such a manner a  first-rank  collection  addition .

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The Construction of the Trap explained by Numbers

– – – Compulsory Trap before the Earth of a Badger. In fine mountainscape Master Brock just leaves his earth – and thus rushes into his destruction. Etching with engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. et exc. Aug. Vind. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as above. 9¾ × 14½ in (24.9 × 36.8 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Compulsory Trap before a Badger's Earth

Thienemann & Schwarz 92; Schwerdt III, 135, 24 (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”). – Sheet 24 of the Ways to trap the Wild Animals, regarded by Halle in Munich in 1928 as the “Rarest of all hunting sets by Ridinger” (LXVIII/323). – The preparatory drawing in reverse of February 1748 once in the Schwerdt Collection (III, 217/3).

With 6 lines caption instructively describing construction and operation. – Auf festem Linienpapier. – Umlaufend 5-6 mm Rand um den seinerseits 8-9 mm breiten weißen Plattenrand. – Ebenso malerisch wie instruktiv.

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Ridinger’s  How  to  catch  the  Badger

in  its  Earth  with  the  Hood

In the center of a rocky forest part hunter with double rope and the badger approaching the hood before its earth. Front left a hunter lying flat on his face together with dog, on the right on a boulder a further one alone. On the left side set back a third one with lantern and two dogs, the front one of which already has seized a badger by the neck. Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: Avec privil. de Sa Maj. Imperiale / Ioh. Elias Ridinger invent. pinxit. Sculps. et excudit Aug.Vind., otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 13¼ × 16⅜ in (33.5 × 41.5 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 43; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”). – From the unnumbered early 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 31st sheet.

For the preparatory drawing in reverse in black chalk and pencil see Weigel’s catalog of 1869, Ridinger appendix 495. Probably identical with this the “Original drawing for the engraving Th. 43” in pencil per 106 of the 1890 Wawra sale of A Fine Collection of Drawings and Engravings of Joh. El. Ridinger’s from the Estate of a Known Collector. – Margins 2.9-4.4 cm wide. – Acid-freely backed small tear in the wide white lower margin.

Johann Elias Ridinger, How to catch the Badger with the Hood

“ … if then in the evening or at night the badger has left its earth … however, the one who has the line of the badger hood shall take care about the movement of the same, that he does not draw shut before the time … ”

The  scenery  plunged  into  marvelous  chiaroscuro

by  half-moon , stars & lantern


as in such quality of utmost rarity since old.

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Johannes Stradanus (= Jan van der Straet, Brugge 1523 – Florence 1605). Obruitur saxis Taxus laqueisque dolosis … The variety of hunting the badger, the multitude of hunters and hounds. Engraving with etching by or for Philip Galle (1537 Antwerp 1612). (1578.) Inscribed: Io(hann)es Strada. inuen. / Phls Galle excud. 8⅜ × 11⅛ in (21.4 × 28.3 cm).

Johannes Stradanus, Badger Hunting

Nagler, Stradanus, XVII, 449; Wurzbach, Philip Galle, 27; Schwerdt II, 227. – Sheet 75 of the 2nd part of Venationes ferarum of altogether at first 104 sheets published by Ph. Galle. Here in an impression after removal of the number. – Latin distich. – With surrounding margin of 4-5 mm and mounted by old before previous binding on laid paper. The resulting centerfold almost perceptible in the white margin only. – Very fine impression still with plate dirt in the text margin of this  instructive  early  representation .

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Badger Digging. Badger has been dug out – and every participant holds his variant ready to get at his rind. Up to the master of the hunt with the revolver. Front right the picnic basket for the hunting breakfast afterwards. Wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921) after Henri Télory (Strasbourg 1820 – 1874/75). C. 1870. 9 × 12½ in (22.9 × 31.8 cm).

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Krüger, Eugen (Altona/Hamburg 1832 – Düsternbrook/Kiel 1876). Badger Hunt with badger finder. In a slightly misty moonlit night the latter holds a badger at bay, the three huntsmen with lantern still approaching. Chalk lithograph printed with olive-green tone plate for Boyes & Geisler in Hamburg. (1861-62.) Inscribed: Gez. u. lith. v. E. Krüger, title in German as before. 10⅜ × 12¼ in (26.3 × 31.1 cm).

Eugen Krüger, Badger Hunting

From the  First Edition of the 22 sheet set incl. title (The Hunt drawn and lithographed) (Souhart 275; Rump 40; not in Schwerdt; Thieme-Becker XXI, 593 & Boetticher I/2, 808 f., each with the second edition only published in 1867 as (Game and Forest) by O. Meissner in Hamburg. As a whole the first edition – spread over 7 issues – from which present badger originates is largely unknown and a corresponding collector’s trophy.

With the printer’s address “(Printed by lith. Inst. of Chs. Fuchs, Hambg.)”. – On light cardboard. – On the back foxing, on front mainly in the white margin and hardly affecting the image.

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Brandt, Eduard. (Wild Animals. Described after the observations and tales of naturalists and travelers.) With

24  chromo  lithographs  on  12  plates .

Stuttgart, Rudolph Chelius, 1860. Large 8vo. 1 l. title, 198 pp. Cloth with back-plate and mounted orig. cover, front with large gilt lion illustration.

Wegehaupt II, 401. – Not in Schwenk (!), Schwerdt, Souhart, and Mantel. – Owner’s mark from 1893. – A little foxing throughout, but not disturbing. Only at the beginning and the final quire somewhat more.

The plates each with hunting scene above, below the animals in their environment. Comprising wild boarfoxweasel familybadgerotterlynxwolfbearliontigerjaguar and seals .

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Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Mindless Age becomes Contemptuous by Childish Expression. Elected for his large beard by the animals as their representative the billy-goat behaves himself so foppish over this that he „provokes partly guffaw, partly annoyance. This the artist shows excellently.

Johann Elias Ridinger, Mindless Age

The  badger  is  rolling  with  laughter ,

the stag, the horse, the fox laugh scornfully, the tiger, the striped hyena, and the lynx in earnest become aware of the foolishness of their choice and revoke it. The monkey though points at him“ (Th.). Etching and engraving. (1744.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger inv. et fec. et exc., title in German-Latin-French as above. 13⅛ × 9¾ in (33.3 × 24.7 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 773. – From the Fables described in detail already above, here with sheet 9 one of the core sheets by which Ridinger nevertheless, creating a new image type, left behind once more tradition and field. For, so Ulrike Bodemann in Metzner-Raabe,

“ No  similarities  to  fable  illustrations  known  hitherto .

Enormous image sizes filled almost entirely by the representation of a central factor of the fable tale. Surroundings mostly dense, natural wood .”

And Regine Timm, ibid., vol. I, p. 171 :

“ In his large plates Ridinger … sometimes has included vegetable growth or rocks, too, dominantly in his illustrations indeed, but without decorative intention. The plants and rocks mean the thicket, the deserted loneliness of the forest, in which the strange tales among the animals happen. ”

The great intellectual relationship with the already mentioned Hogarth by the way also unmistakably expressed in Garrick’s epitaph for this:

“ Whose  pictured  Morals  charm  the  Mind ,

And  through  the  Eye  correct  the  Heart.”

Chronologically interesting in this connection that on the other side of the channel in 1726 John Gay, famous-notorious for his “Beggars Opera” (Brecht, Threepenny Opera!), had presented by his Fables “the most important achieved hitherto by English poets in this kind” (Meyers Konvers.-Lex., 4th ed., VI, 960/II).

All told then a highly momentous milestone within the “basic corpus of about 900 editions of illustrated fable books” up to Chagall’s Lafontaine folio with its 100 etchings worked 200 years later as downright a glaring light for the immortality of the fable illustration.

Without the number upper right which is almost unknown but appears later on. – Fleur-de-lis watermark. – In the second half of the 19th century mounted on blue-grey laid paper of the early 18th century with watermark SICKTE (the von Veltheim paper mill there) together with Jumping Horse Heawood 2790 (Germany 18th Cent. Esp. in Doppelmayr, Sonnen-Uhren, Nuremberg 1719) on which it is laid on loosely now. – Trimmed on three sides on the edge of the wide white plate margin. – Wonderful early impression.

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Now  that  you  have  come  thus  far  with  him  Badger  lets  you  have  the  promised

look  at  a

Johann Elias Ridinger, Colored Animal Kingdom

Pasture  of  Beauty

like  the  master’s  and  his  sons’


Johann Elias Ridinger, White Fallow Deer

in  its  Perfection  of  Final  Beauty

Not just the work as such , why no . Rather  the  same  in  an  unrivaled  copy  like  the  one  here !

In  its  only  colored  original  edition  of  1768  (a changed second one of 1824/25 in b/w) , raised in addition by evenly matching provenances .

„ im Internet habe ich in Ihrem Katalog das vorgenannte Werkverzeichnis … gefunden …

Mit Interesse habe ich auch Ihren offenen Brief an die Herausgeber der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung vom 24.7.2003 gelesen, zumal ich (bei früherer Gelegenheit) … mir … von der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung den Vorwurf des ‚Kulturglobalisten‘ gefallen lassen mußte … “

(Herr A. G., 8. Dezember 2003)