came the Breakthrough — he became Animal of the Year

Yet Wolf remains Wolf

Furtive & Shy — And Darned Persistent


Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Roaming Wolf. In a rocky landscape. Etching & engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. fec. et exc. A. V. / N. 68., title in German as before. 7¼ × 5¾ in (18.5 × 14.5 cm). – Thienemann & Schwarz 458. – Plate 68 of the instructive set Design of Several Animals. – Large figurative watermark. – Wonderful wide-margined impression of the 1st edition. – See the complete description.

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– – – The same, yet colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions. – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – See the complete description.

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Wolves in Misty Sphere

Ernest Bellecroix, Wolves in Mist

— getting Wind
as Occasion demands

Two of them by moon just showing through before but ghostly perceptible farm. Wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921) after Ernest Bellecroix (Alençon, Orne, 1837 – after 1877?). C. 1870. Inscribed: Er. Bellecroix / Huyot., otherwise in German as above. 7⅝ × 8⅝ in (14.8 × 21.8 cm). – Impression of 1873. – See the complete description.

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Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Wolf lurking for Prey. Half covered by the low branches of an old oak tree. Colored etching & engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: J. E. R. fec. / N. 69., otherwise in German as above. 7¼ × 6 in (18.5 × 15.1 cm). – Thienemann & Schwarz 459. – Plate 69 (in later edition 59) of the Design of Several Animals. – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – Colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions. – See the complete description.

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolves

Decidedly “Blood-curdling Scene” (Th.)

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Loups de 3. ou 4. ans et qui sont d’une age accomplie ont 8. ou 9. petis et vivent a 20. ans. Wolves of 3-4 Years and full-grown ones have 8-9 Whelps, live up to 20 Years. Five howling wolves amidst an especially fine rock scenery. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 21. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger invent. delin. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind. 13⅝ × 16½ in (34.5 × 42 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 216. – Sheet 21 of the Study of the Wild Animals. – Title in German-French-Latin parallel text. – 14-lines caption by Brockes in German. – Margins on three sides 2.7-3.2, on the right 5.5 cm wide. – The just also in regard of the landscape exceedingly beautiful scenario in an impression of shining-marvelous quality and therefore rarity. – See the complete description.

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– The same as unused rotogravure postcard after Ridinger at Felsing, Berlin. C. 1900-1920. 3⅝ × 5½ in (9.1 × 14.1 cm).

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Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolf consuming the Prey

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). A Wolf consuming the Prey. Breaking up with lust a roebuck on a clearing in the woods. Colored etching & engraving. (1740.) Inscribed:J. E. R. fec. / N. 70., otherwise in German as above. 7¼ × 6 in (18.5 × 15.1 cm). – Thienemann & Schwarz 460. – Plate 70 (in later edition 58) of the Design of Several Animals. – Watermark fleur de lis. – Impression of the 1st edition on fine laid paper. – Colored by later hand in attractive fitting palette as quite unusual for original impressions.

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“ The Wolf —

… is a very rapacious and pernicious animal and frequently does great damage both in the woods among the game and on the fields among the flocks … at night he proceeds to the open field , or even steals into the villages and into the stables , haunts everything , and plunders and attacks everything that gets in his way and he comes across … Their reproduction is numerous … and not uncommonly they dare horses, too. They can never be completely tamed, and even if one gets them still really young they do not do good easily above a year, but turn wild … ”

( Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to the Colored Animal Kingdom, see below ) .

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolves

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). ordinary Wolf. completely white Wolf. Colored etching/engraving, supposedly by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). Inscribed: LUPUS VULGARIS. / LUPUS ALICAUS. / ordentlicher Wolf. / ganz weißer Wolf. / Loup ordinaire. / Loup blanc. / Familia IV. Fünfzähige. / Ridinger fec. 12¼ × 8¼ in (31.2 × 20.9 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1062. – IN  THE  RIDINGERS’  ORIGINAL  COLORING  from the unnumbered Colored Animal Kingdom created since 1754 and concluded finally posthumously not before 1773 (“Complete copies are next to untraceable”, so Weigel, Art Cat., part XXVIII, Ridinger Appendix 63a as merely 120-sheet torso, 1857 ! , but also just individual plates quite rarely on the market only, at niemeyer’s presently nevertheless the one as the others). – Remaining uncolored contrary to the prospectus, a second edition from the plates shortened even under loss of animals and with modified titling and the Ridinger inscription removed, yet now numbered, was published by Engelbrecht/Herzberg in Augsburg 1824/25.

“ … His color is …

although  in  the  northern  countries  there  are  fully  white  ones , too ”

(Ridinger’s sons as above, pp. 9 f., enclosed in copy). – And Thienemann :

“ A rather nice sheet on which we behold above the entirely white wolf lying  and howling, below a regularly colored, emaciated one, standing. ”

The  fine  sujet  in  its  vibrant  colorfulness

with watermark Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms and C & I Honig (Heawood 64) as that sturdy Dutch quality paper Ridinger used in line with his preamble to the Principal Colors of Horses

“on  account  of  the  fine  illumination”  for  the  colored  works

“as for this purpose it is the most decent and best”.

The attribution of the transfer into copper to presumably Johann Elias’ eldest on the basis of the sole inscription “Ridinger fec.”, even though, as then certified, without the punctuation mark edged in. The plate of the African Wolf besides inscribed M. El. Ridinger.

Margins on three sides 2-3.3 cm, below 4.8 cm wide. – A little wax spot on the upper back & some little brown spots in the bottom line showing through into the subject entirely disregardable, otherwise enviably impeccable.

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Shooting Wolves

Front left with the gun with depiction of the use of the ramrod, too, besides an already killed one. In the center two others follow the carrion of a sheep dragged by a horseman, observed by a huntsman sitting in a tree. In the distance a further one captured in the trap shall be slain, alternatively done with the javelin. Etching by or for Claes Jansz. Visscher de Jonghe (1586 Amsterdam 1652). (1639.) 4⅛ × 5½ in (10.5 × 14 cm).

Antonio Tempesta, Shooting Wolves

Schwerdt II, 251 (“proof impressions”). – On fine, wide-margined laid paper with typographic watermark as presumably countermark to the coat-of-arms watermark of several further sheets of the set present here.

Highly  instructive  and  also  very  painterly  sheet

from the second part of the 32-sheet set of the Aucupationis Multifariæ Effegies Artificiosissimé depictæ et inventæ ab Antonio Tempesta Florentino and present here as with Schwerdt in

early  impression  before  the  letter

with just the number “12” on the right in the wide white lower platemark from the collection “EK” not identified by Lugt with its small black round monogram stamp on the back (ligated, Lugt 3549, drawings and prints of the 17th to 19th centuries) as well as erroneous attribution to Christoffel van Sichem “about 1550 – 1600 / Delft – Augsburg” in pencil.

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Ditto next to a flock of sheep before a building by use of sword and pikes, the pursuit by horse, and

the driving into the net.

In the large group in front the attacked wolf still charges the horse. Quite in the back a village with steeple. Etching as before. 4¼ × 5½ in (10.8 × 14 cm). – Sheet 9 of the set. – See the complete description.

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– A Pack of Wolves bleeds the cattle, goats and sheep of a Corsican farmstead. In front of this two shepherds with dog, taking no notice of all this. Etching as before, yet from the set of the Venationes Ferarum, Avium, Piscium pugnæ Bestiariorum et mutuæ Bestianrum delineatæ ab Antonio Tempesta of c. 1627. 3⅝ × 5¾ in (9.3 × 14.7 cm). – Sheet 9 of the set. – With watermark Amsterdam coat of arms with lions. – See the complete description.

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The Iron mounted on a Chain
strangles the Neck

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). The Wolf in the Iron Trap. Etching & engraving. (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise in German as before. 9¾ × 14⅜ in (24.9 × 36.4 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolf in the Iron Trap

Thienemann & Schwarz 85; Schwerdt III, 135, 17 (“A rare set, of importance to those who are interested in the various methods of trapping wild animals”). – Sheet 17 of the 30-sheet set Ways to trap the Wild Animals, regarded by Halle in Munich in 1928 as the “Rarest of all hunting sets by Ridinger” (LXVIII/323). – Instructive 6-line caption. – Rich in contrast. – Repairs in the left margin and below left partly touching also still the white platemark.

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– – – The same on strong laid paper with large fleur-de-lis watermark. – Margins on three sides 12 mm, below 4 mm wide in addition to the white platemark of 5 mm. – Two pleats originating from printing still extending into the subject perceptible in outline within the caption only. – At/close to the lower left corner small restored tears in the white paper margin.

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The Wolf
is already seized by the Throat

Mountain Dogs Fighting with a Wolf. From the chalet the herdsman comes along with his gun. Toned wood engraving after Friedrich Specht (Lauffen on the Neckar 1849 – Stuttgart 1909) for A. Cloß, Stuttgart. (1875/76.) Inscribed: FSpecht (ligated), otherwise typographically in German as above. 10¾ × 8 in (27.3 × 20.3 cm). – See the complete description.

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Loups, Une Battue aux. In the fore one of the hunters has seized a wolf by the hind leg and aims at it. The pack coming along. Toned wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921) after Jean Edouard Dargent, called Yan’Dargent (St.-Servais, Brittany, 1824 – Paris 1899). C. 1870. 12⅜ × 8½ in (31.5 × 21.7 cm). – See the complete description.

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Isengrim. Before wintery snowy pole wood stopping short, looking at the beholder. Toned wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921) after Jules Gélibert (Bagnères-de-Bigorre/Hautes-Pyrénées 1834 – 1916). C. 1870. Inscribed: JHuyot. / Jules Gélibert. 5½ × 8⅝ in (14 × 22 cm). – The white margins slightly foxed. – See the complete description.

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– – – The same, but without tone plate, yet with typographical designation “Isegrim”.

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The First of which
already falling into the Pit

A Unique Drawing of Highest Quality

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). To catch the Wolf in the Pit with the Sheep. Against the scenery of a mountainous landscape with stock of trees the wolf trap. Erected in its midst a pole with a wheel on top on which a lamb lies whose bleating baited four wolves, the first one already falling into the pit. Pen and brown ink with grey wash. C. 1729. Inscribed in graphite on the back: Der Wolf in der Grube zu fangen mit dem Schafe. 11½-11⅝ × 16⅝ in (292-295 × 422-423 mm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, To catch the Wolf in the Pit

On light laid paper with surrounding margins up to 17 mm wide. – Pinhead-small little hole, smoothed folds athwart and along resp., and generally somewhat age-marked, yet practically not impairing the fine general impression. Foxspots blotted quite faintly from the previous mounting carton except for one perceptible on the back only.

Pictorially  absolutely  perfectly  executed  splendid  work

as original drawing  before  being re-drawn in reverse for the transfer onto the plate for the etching of the same name Th. 41 as the large version of the two wolf pit sheets for the set Princes’ Hunting Pleasures published since 1729 and in such complete execution in relation to a print

ranking  with  the  greatest  rarities  today  also  in  Ridinger’s  œuvre .

See the complete description.

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The Wolf Hunt
as First Didactic Piece

Thoman(n) von Hagelstein, Ernst Philipp (1657 Augsburg 1726). Didactic Pieces of Hunting. Set of 4 sheet. Mezzotints printed in brown. Sheet 1 inscribed: E. P. Thoman. excudit. 13⅞ × 19⅝ in (35.2 × 49.7 cm) and (sheets 1-3) subject size 13½-13¾ × 19¼-19½ in (34.3-35 × 49-49.4 cm) resp.

Schwerdt III, 171, a (Baillie-Grohman’s copy; “A complete and interesting set”). – For fitting into an album three sides trimmed to platemark (only sheet 4 with fine margin) and below under loss of the German quatrains & numbering (Schwerdt: N.1–N.4), mounted by old on laid paper and lined in brown ink. In the white upper margin old inventory inscription (Nro 1, 7, 8, 6/Tom: X/Fol 88, 94, 95, 93), also in brown ink. – Smoothed centerfold.

Pictorially  &  instructively  marvelous  set

of  complete  extraordinary  rarity

(provable here only the Schwerdt-Baillie-Grohman copy now preserved at the British Museum) in the fine impressions of a comprehensive old collection, richly nuanced in its chiaroscuro and, as all mezzotints by Ernst Philipp – “one of the best artists of his time”, Nagler –, even in individual sheets, as here in 58 years also not been present, extraordinarily rare. So then also only one further sheet among the about 27,600 of sections I-XXVIII of Weigel’s Art Stock Catalog (1838/57; per 6,211 the portrait Rauner as also only one known to Nagler, and per 19,715 a Marten, robbing a Pigeon’s Nest by the son Tobias Heinrich.

Wolf Hunt

Ernst Philipp Thoman, Wolf Hunt

In the foreground three wolves at the pegged billy-goat shielded by two huntsmen as bait, one of them already shot; in the center a carrion dragged by a horseman with also two wolves greeted by three huntsmen; in the background at a property the hunt by a pack and hands, the latter armed with pike, flail, and net. – Laterally right quite slightly rubbed and hair-like tiny fold. – Besides fox hunt , hare hunt, as well as badger & hedgehog hunt.

Beyond the individual-specific rarity of at the same time general scarceness as result of the mezzotint technique itself. Already in 1675 the expert von Sandrart numbered “clean prints” of the velvety mezzotint manner at only about “50 or 60” (!). “However, soon after (the picture) grinds off for it does not go deeply into the copper”. Correspondingly then 1856 Thienemann with regard to Ridinger :

“ The mezzotints are almost not to be acquired on the market anymore … and the by far largest part (of them) … (I have) only found (in the printroom) at Dresden. ”

See the complete description.

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“Just as the Wolf
is a very … Cunning Animal”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). La Trape du Loup. The Wolf Trap or Pit. “Just as the wolf is a very voracious hungry and cunning animal, so by good sportsmen

its  cunning  is  betrayed  by  counter-cunning … ”

In mountainous landscape four wolves strive for a living duck or goose on a wolf disk, expected by three hunters lying in wait and their Alsatian. Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: avec privil. de Sa. Majeste Imperl. / Ioh. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sculps. et excud. A.V. /, otherwise as above and with German-French didactic text. 11⅞ × 9 in (30.1 × 22.7 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolf Trap or Pit

Thienemann & Schwarz 18; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A. – From the unnumbered 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure , listed by literature as its 6th sheet, and here one of the 8 small-sized ones as apparently conceived intentionally by Ridinger and rather not meant as pilot projects as Thienemann assumes.

A 1728 drawing on the market in the late 50s of corresponding size, pictorially still deviating – only one wolf, no hunters – was inscribed as How the Wolf is brought onto the Disk with the Goose and catched in the pit. However, the repetition of the same sujet Th. 84 – see the following lot – of the set of the Ways to trap the Wild Animals of 1750 with otherwise the same text refers to a duck.

Early impression of deeply staggered chiaroscuro on full sheet (15⅞ × 19¾ in [40.3 × 50.3 cm]) in the meaning of Weigel’s A quality (“Old impressions with the original title. The paper has lines as watermark.”) with watermark Great Fleur-de-lis (Strasbourg?). In the interest of optically more balanced sheet proportions later the half-size sheets were printed on smaller paper not conforming to binding.

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“… finds he
such a juicy morsel
he will do a pounce at it”

– – – How the Wolf is brought onto the disc by the Duck and catched in the Pit. In thick wood scenery from the right a wolf leaps for the duck bound to the now dipping disc. Above of this at a branch a bait, far right a second wolf. Etching & engraving by Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). (1750.) Inscribed: Joh. El. Ridinger inv. et del. / Mart. El. Ridinger sculps. Aug. Vindel., otherwise in German as above and below. 9⅝ × 14½ in (24.5 × 36.7 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, How the Wolf is brought onto the disc by the Duck and catched in the Pit

Thienemann & Schwarz 84; Stubbe, Die Jagd in der Kunst – Johann Elias Ridinger, 1966, plate 10; Ridinger catalog Darmstadt, 1999, V.17 with ills.; Ridinger catalog Kielce, 1997, 36. – Plate 16 of the 30-plate set of the Ways to trap the Wild Animals, that “highly interesting work (containing) beautiful and remarkable sheets … drawn from life” (Nagler). – Splendid , wide-margined impression . – With 6 lines caption:

“ The wolf pit shall be set up at places where neither humans nor other, particularly big game get very easily … however, these pits shall be deep 12 to 14 foot and in diameter if they are round 8 to 9 foot … where nature does not give guidance herself … when one notices that the wolf has taken the bait, so one may bind a living goose or lamb onto the disc, finds he such a juicy morsel he will do a pounce at it, immediately the disc turns that he drops and has to give up himself in the pit. ”

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– – – The same in a fine impression on strong laid paper with margins on three sides 3.3-4.3 cm wide, on the left with 0.8-1 cm plus the 9 mm wide white platemark more narrow-edged. The lower left corner besides with narrow diagonal cut-off 7 cm long.

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– – – The Wolf. In dense forest pressed by a pack of 9, of which one is done. “He defends himself bravely, but he will be … defeated” (Th.). Etching & engraving. (1761.) Inscribed: J. E. Ridinger inv. del. sc. et exc. A.V. 11¼ × 9⅞ in (28.7 × 25 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolf

Thienemann & Schwarz 145. – Sheet 7 of The Fair Game hounded by Several Kinds of the Hounds. – With instructive and detailed caption

with  specification  by  name  of  the  various  hounds  suitable  to  this .

Silver-toned impression watermarked with cut “Thurneisen” mark as located at Basel and preferably used by Engelbrecht/Herzberg at Augsburg for their editions about 1824. – With wide margins of 5-7.5 cm above and below and 2.3-5 cm for the sides resp. – See the complete description.

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– – – The Wolf. Standing to the right on wooded rocky cliff. Below the explained large traces on soft and solid ground resp. together with specification of claws and pad. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as before. 13¾ × 9⅛ in (35 × 23.1 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolf (Menzler)

Sheet I, 16 from Menzler’s 80-sheet Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album in which he represents the model – here sheet 8 of the Fair Game, Th. 170 – partly freely or compressing their central motif, from which a first degree collection enrichment results. – In the pictorial effect the works correspond to the aquatint manner not used by Ridinger anymore. – The contusion in the buff wide-margined paper extending from left below the subject to the caption aside of impeccable freshness.

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– – – A Wolf Hunt. Bursting to the right out of the mountain forest and hunted and pursued and framed by nine hounds. Toned lithograph by Hermann Menzler printed by A. Renaud for L. J. Heymann in Berlin. (1863-65.) Inscribed: Gez. v. J. E. Ridinger, lith. v. H. Menzler etc., otherwise in German as above. 13⅛ × 9 in (33.2 × 22.9 cm).

Johann Elias Ridinger, Wolf (Menzler)

(Joh. El. Ridinger’s Hunting Album II/17.) – After the sheet above of the Fair Game hounded by Several Kinds of Hounds, Th. 145, but without its extensive caption. – From the “(Album of Interesting Hunt and Group Pictures)” carried as 2nd part. – On strong, wide-margined paper of perfect freshness. – Contrary to the etching the top arch here stretched to a rectangle and thus additionally charming as collection enrichment. – See the complete description.

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Wintter, Joseph Georg (1751 Munich 1789). The Stag of Odd 20 Points attacked by Wolves. In mountainous winter landscape with fence and set back farm one of the two wolves has grasped the stag by the throat while the half covered other one operates from behind. Etching. Sheet size 4⅝ × 6¼ in (11.8 × 15.9 cm).

Niemeyer 127. – Not related to one of the sets if not belonging to Niem. 21-24, stags & boars attacked by hounds. – Also not entered into the 44-sheet Augsburg omnibus edition Schwerdt III, 190, a ( “Rare“ ) of 1821 the earliest. The 137-sheet complete edition Weigel 21336 (“Most sheets very rare”, 1857!) here not provable elsewhere.

His “etchings are excellent and are in the treatment between those by Hollar and Riedinger. In 1784 W. became electoral court and hunting engraver” (Nagler, 1863 pointing himself in vol. III, no. 68, of the Dictionary of Monogramists at the rarity of these fine sheets). – Impression rich in contrast on strong laid paper. – Below trimmed to platemark, otherwise hard by the edge of the subject.

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Loups au Carnage, Les. A flock of sheep and goat attacked by wolves in mountainous landscape. Toned wood engraving by Jules Huyot (Toulouse 1841 – Eaubonne 1921) after Jules Gélibert (Bagnères-de-Bigorre/Hautes-Pyrénées 1834 – Capbreton/Landes 1916). C. 1870. 11⅝ × 12⅝ in (22 × 32 cm). – Thieme-Becker XIII, 365: (Gélibert) produces almost exclusively animal and hunt pictures … – See the illustration.

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As  can  be  seen  from  all  this

Jules Gélibert, Wolves massacre a Flock of Sheep

this species does what it always did .

So, as rememberable here for instance, in the early 2000s in Upper Lusatia, Saxony, with

27  sheep  in  one  night

being as he is

“ exceedingly bloodthirsty … Yet he slays much more than he can eat … Man he avoids as much as possible;

a  woman  or  child  he  may  well  attack ,

but on man usually only packs tormented by hunger go, not easily individual wolves.

He  shows  as  much  cunning , slyness  and  audacity

as the fox … incited by hunger he gets … bold, foolhardy and then defies any scarecrow … Usually the wolf of the tale presents himself

diabolically , now  deceitful  and  vicious , now  as  a  fool ”

(Meyers Konversations-Lexikon, 4th ed., XVI [1890], 721).

But that’s 127 years ago of course. And so among his protectors today it’s taken for granted :

Dangerous ?

The dog, indeed. The wolf never! And so he does not go on his own account his theme will stay pressing. Illustrating how this species does it generally :

In always , out never .

Turning  this  table  was custom once. And was engraved by Ridinger straight from the shoulder :

Johann Elias Ridinger, Entrance Wolf Park

The entrance of a Wolf Park. In moonlit thick forest place surrounded by high palisades with the wolf at the dead sheep, fuming with venom at the second one halting at the leap-off point. Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: Avec privil de Sa. Maj. Imp. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinxit Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind., otherwise as above along with multi-line caption in German & French. 13½ × 16⅞ in (34.4 × 42.8 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 40; Silesian Ridinger collection at Boerner XXXIX (1885), 1772 (only as new impression); Weitz, (Of the History of Hunting at the Vogelsberg), Museum Hunting Seat Kranichstein, 2006, full-page ills. p. 11.

The  instructive  painterly  fine  large  sheet

28 of the Princes’ Hunting Pleasure as Ridinger’s first hunting set transferred into copper by himself and additionally published by himself, conceived textbook-like, in a marvelous impression of also most finely wide margins: 3.5-6 cm above & below, 8.5-9.5 cm laterally, besides in the outer part, particularly below and right, slightly fox-spotted. Isolated tiniest tears in the lower margin backed acid-freely.

“ It has this with the entrance of the boar park (sheet 20 of the set) almost complete conformity … when he recognizes his arrest, he begins after consumed prey and to his custom to howl heart-rendingly through which one can perceive his arrest especially at night, catch the one alive or

bring  him  within  shot  with  great  pleasure ,

this invention is very good to catch many together, sporting words of him are partly these … and the like more. ”

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… then also the world is in order .

„ … sind die Dachse perfekt verpackt und verschnürt bei mir … angekommen. Schon das Auspacken des Bildes hat mir große Freude gemacht und der ‚Ridinger‘ gefällt mir sehr gut, da es eine realistische Stimmung am Bau wiederspiegelt … werde ihn unter meiner Dachsschwarte aufhängen … Ich nehme dies zum Anlaß auch weiterhin in ihrem Fundus zu suchen … Besonderen Dank auch für die Beilage der Dez. 08 Ausgabe von Wild & Hund mit dem gelungenen (Ridinger-)Artikel … Ihnen nochmals herzlichen Dank für ihre fabelhafte Arbeit … “

(Herr K. R., 19. Juni 2009)