… even more so if it’s about the Growth of the Stag’s Antlers ! Here then to the 10th
Joseph Georg Wintter’s
the Early Completed
Brow Beam Formation
Spike Strength Findings
« … always better than Riedinger »
Wilhelm Gottfried von Moser , forest cameralist , b. 1729 ,
per Forstarchiv 1788 , vol. IV , pp. 280 ff.
« This man has extraordinary talents »
Lorenz von Westenrieder , historian , b. 1748 ,
1785 per letter to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright
Joseph Georg Wintter
1751 Munich 1789
The Like Missing with Ridinger
Drawn Growth of the Antlers
per April 10
This Stag his Head presents (?, equivalent: speaks) of a fiendish and quite deceitful look, which cannot be trusted. Stag head with formed brow beams and the spikes having grown stronger per April 10. With part of the neck to the left. Pen and brown ink. C. 1787. Inscribed: JGW (ligatet): inv. del d… Arbrill ao 17…, otherwise in German as above. 3⅞ × 6⅛ in (98 × 156 mm).
Cf. Niemeyer 105 & walls of the ridinger gallery niemeyer 2, ills. 5. – Fully executed, yet utterly differently entitled preparatory study for the head of the April stag as sheet 5 of the etched 12-sheet set The Setting Up or Growth of the Stag’s Antlers from 1787
“ April 10
the brow beam is formed
the spikes grow stronger ”
comparative illustration , not part of the offer
On chamois-colored light laid paper. – On the right trimmed with loss of two figures each of day & year. Upper edge on the back with remains of previous mounting.
Beside its unusual as interesting inscription accompanied by dominant signature
extraordinarily pictorial , thematically generally quite rare work
of the small work of the early consummate Electoral-Bavarian Court and Hunting Engraver and member of the electoral academy at Dusseldorf, who was just 1787 even promoted Court Chamber Councilor as rare “(a)mong those numerous court and independent artists of the Electoral Palatinate Bavarian court” (pope of forest cameralists Wilhelm Gottfried von Moser, b. 1729, from the “famous family of cameralists” [Heß in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie], whose Forstökonomie of 1757 is considered as formal foundation of the science of forestry generally), yet till today remained outside of the small, however growing circle of intimate connoisseurs under the lee of Ridinger and his continuing overwhelming effect, irrespective of voices of important contemporaries calling to attention like Moser’s conclusion putting drawing as etching as standing in its “treatment between … Hollar and Riedinger” (Nagler) in a nutshell
“ always better than Riedinger ”
in the noble Forst-Archiv (vol. IV, 1788, pp. 280 ff.) retaining as second forestry periodical “for a long time an honorable place among the specialist periodicals”, or that of Lorenz von Westenrieder of the same age (b. 1748, theologian, yet especially historian; “has generally an impressionable eye for scenic beauties” [Höhn]), who praised him highly in his 1783 “Almanac of Human History in Bavaria” and in 1785 wrote to Christian Felix Weisse, friend of Lessing’s and playwright in Leipsic:
“ This man has extraordinary talents .”
Finding its expression ultimately in the statement of Thieme-Becker XXXVI (1947), 79 f.
“ Next Ridinger the best German depictor of the hunt of the 18th century ”
after yet already 1909 and 1921 resp. Höhn (Studies on the Development of Munich Landscape Painting from the End of the 18th and the Early 19th Centuries, “one of the earliest [among] the early beginnings of Munich landscape painting”) and Wolf (The Discovery of the Munich Landscape, illustrating seven of his etchings) resp. had put him into starting holes unrelated to the hunt.
Present work belonging to the hunt once more in such a manner speaking for itself. And at the same time confirming Nagler also in this respect, according to whom he
“ yet preferred … to do his studies in the hunting ground ” itself .
additionally precious .
Offer no. 15,652 / sold
(The Setting Up or Growth of the Stag’s Antlers.) Catalog with reduced reproduction of the 12-sheet set of etchings Niemeyer 101-112, II (Nagler 3) from 1787. (1993.) 8 unnum. ll. With 12 illustrations of the prints and 1 another etching of a differing original drawing of the deer park at Nymphenburg near Munich of 1785, all full size. Orig. stitching with armorial vignette on front wrapper (this in red + black).
Supposedly the first complete reproduction of this also zoologically valuable set, published as no. 2 of the „walls of the ridinger gallery niemeyer“.
Request no. 13,098 / token fee EUR 10. (c. US$ 12.) + postage
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