Sir Edwin Landseer, The Stag at Bay
was with the
By yon bonnie banks an by yon bonnie braes
Whaur the sun shines bright on Loch Lomond
Whaur me an’ my true love will ne’er meet again
On the bonnie, bonnie banks o’ Loch Lomon’.
William Henry Pyne (1769 London 1843). Highland Shepherd. The Scottish shepherd with his dog sitting at a stony slope. Colored aquatint for William Miller. 1805. 14 × 10 in (35.5 × 25.5 cm).
Lipperheide Gca 18 (edition of 1808). – With text sheet. – On strong Whatman paper. – Trimmed on platemark, but negligible for the wide white platefield.
Offer no. 4,967 / EUR 94. (c. US$ 102.) + shipping
(Scotland.) With simple cartouches for title and geographical & Scottish miles indicator and listing of the 33 shires marked by numbers & conventional signs. Map after Frdr. Wilh. Streit (Ronneburg, Thuringia, 1772 – Berlin 1839) colored in outline. Steel engraving. 1836. 11 × 8¼ in (28.1 × 20.8 cm).
With Hebrides & Shetland Islands. – Marked aside from the local ranks the different ranked road net, ports, navigable waterways, canals, lochs, lakes & mountains, forts & battles. – The upper part of the back slightly foxing, but invisible on the recto except for a small spot above the upper borderline.
Offer no. 9,853 / EUR 56. (c. US$ 61.) + shipping
Entangled Further On
Scotland & England
Martin Elias Ridinger (1731 Augsburg 1780). By the Bergstrasse (near Heidelberg) in 1756 these two Stags, the one of 14, the other of 12 points, have been found lying in such a manner that their antlers were entangled in each other inseparably and was the one still alive, but the other already dead. In the air six birds coming up. Copper-printing-plate in reverse after Georg Adam Eger (Murrhardt 1727 – 1808). (1763/65.). Inscribed: G. A. Eger ad viv. pinx. / Joh. El. Ridinger direxit et excud. Aug. Vind. / Martin El. Ridinger sc. A. V., otherwise in German as abridged before. 14 × 10½ in (35.7 × 26.8 cm).
The optically excellently preserved original printing-plate
in the reddish golden brilliance of its 249 years old copper
to sheet 77 (etching & engraving, Thienemann & Schwarz 319; Ridinger Catalog Darmstadt, 1999, VI.8 & 8a with illustrations; Siebert-Weitz, Ridinger, 1999, pp. 40 f. with ills.; the stags illustrated also in the Hunting Book of Landgrave Louis VIII of Hesse-Darmstadt, 1691-1768) of the Wondrous Stags and other Animals.
Rutting Season Drama
by the Bergstrasse near old Heidelberg
after Eger, the court hunting painter (1748) and second court painter (1765) resp. of the “Hunting Landgrave” Louis VIII, who “must have esteemed him highly, wished to have him as constant companion on the hunt and commissioned him with a court hunting uniform to put him on par with the hunters” (Gisela Siebert, Kranichstein, 1969, p. 63). The particularly close business contact of the court at Darmstadt to the Ridingers undoubtedly affects Eger’s collegiality, too, especially towards the same-aged Martin Elias.
Eger’s model at least not preserved in Darmstadt according to Dr. Morét, but both the two antlers in their rare form as double trophy on contemporarily carved heads in color setting (VI.8a) and accompanied by the inscription in German:
“ Look reader a deer duel
where both remain on the spot / When for jealousy they wrestled / And entangled with antlers / Their game usually belonging man / was shamefully consumed by the worms / Since they escaped Louis’ weapons / so they had to punish themselves. In the Bickenbach Firs at the Tobacco Field found dead in the year 1756 ”.
Due to the reconstructable sequence of publication the transfer to the plate is to be set as 1763 the earliest as the year to which the events of previous sheets 75 & 76 are dedicated. Until 1765 then the sheets up to and including 80 were available. 1764 thus might be a good mean value for present plate. – The original numbering “77”, renumbered about 1824/25 for a differently arranged new edition, yet restored only on occasion of a later new complete edition.
Sheltered from tarnishing by fine application of varnish, the plate is printable generally in the ordinary course of its use during the times. But it is offered and sold as a work of art and an object of collecting. Thus without prejudice to its final printing quality. Proposed to you with the recommendation of a timeless-elegantly frameless hanging (fittings included) for that you will experience the reflection of the respective light to the fullest. Thus hang up as unwrapped,
so delight is the fullest .
Offer no. 15,003 / price on application
niemeyer’s — 55 years ridinger experience
Guido Hammer (1821 Dresden 1898). Red Deer at Rutting Season. Stag of 12 points at the reed, stirring up a heron. Wood engraving of the monogramist Zs. (? Ls?). (1876.) 16.7 x 26 cm.
Offer no. 11,663 / EUR 86. (c. US$ 94.) + shipping
The Stag at Bay
The Famous ,
the Downright Legendary Sujet
Sir Edwin Landseer R.A. (1802 London 1873). The Stag at Bay. Imperial stag of 14 points with wonderful mane in the shallow water at the lakeside. One of the hounds beaten back lying on his back, the other barking from secure distance. At the right rocky lakeside with trees, on the left and in the background the calm Scottish Loch in the Highland stretching to the horizon below dark clouds. Chalk lithograph after Sir Edwin in reverse for S. Lipschitz, Hamburg & London. C. 1865. Inscribed: Verlag von S. Lipschitz. Ellernthorsbrücke 11. Hamburg / London, published by S. Lipschitz. 84. Brushfield St. Bishopsgate, otherwise as above. 45 x 55.8 cm.
One of the most wanted Highland Landseers
on light uncut cardboard of fine wide margins (52.9 x 68 cm sheet size). – A small tear in the right paper margin backed acid-freely, equally a small tear in the white lower margin. On the back traces of previous framing.
Sir Edwin’s, son of the engraver John Landseer, career began at the age of 13 when the Royal Academy, whose presidency he later rejected, arranged the first exhibition. From the 16-year-old Sir George Beaumont, leading connoisseur of the time, purchased the Fighting Dogs getting Wind. And already the 24-year-old was selected member of the Royal Academy.
“ (H)enceforth found abundant patrons
for his portraits of dogs , deer , wild animals … .”
1826 first voyage to Scotland where he also portrayed Sir Walter Scott, highly esteemed by Goethe, with his hounds, followed by further ones, especially to stalk the stag,
“ but was regarded with amazement by the Highland ghillies
when he threw down his gun and started drawing an approaching stag ”.
His success, crowned by the admiration by the great Victoria, found its outward expression in the acceptance of the ennoblement in 1850. It was based on
“ anatomical observation , combined with the skilful rendering of hair and fur ,
saves his animal paintings from mere sentimentality ”.
Accordingly Sir Walter Scott noted in his diary “Landseer’s dogs were the most magnificent things I ever saw — leaping , bounding and grinning on the canvas”.
All this reflected by the lithograph here with its finest chiaroscuro .
His leaving of this world took place by state funeral in St. Paul’s Cathedral, the lions on Trafalgar Square sculpted by him were covered in black.
Quotations after Judy Egerton, British Sporting and Animal Paintings / The Paul Mellon Collection, 1978, p. 324, in reference of Scott’s quote by recourse on Judy Hague, Landseer and his World, the exhibition catalog of the Mappin Art Gallery, Sheffield, 1972, p. 5).
Offer no. 14,495 / sold
The Chieftain in Danger
The Royal Pendant
– – – The Chieftain in Danger. The royal dominant male deer, of odd twelve points, on the rocky banks of the loch. On the left in the shrubs beyond a waterfall the Scottish hunter dressed in a kilt. In the background partly snow-capped mountain range. Chalk lithograph after Sir Edwin as above. 44.5 x 55 cm.
Offer no. 12,332 / sold
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). L’áge et qualite du Cerf. The Noble Stag’s Age. Dominated by the standing rutting stag front left “in fitting environment … each one fawn, brocket, second head, 6, 8, 10, 12 points and one piece of deer” (Th.). Etching & engraving. (1729.) Inscribed: I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. sc. et exc. A.V. / avec privil. de Sa. M. Imper., otherwise as above and with German-French didactical text. 11⅞ × 9 in (30.1 × 23 cm).
Thienemann & Schwarz 14; Catalog Weigel XXVIII (1857), Ridinger appendix 3A. – From the unnumbered 36-sheet Princes’ Pleasure, listed by literature as its 2nd sheet, and here one of the 8 small-sized ones as apparently conceived intentionally by Ridinger and rather not meant as pilot projects as Th. supposes:
“ That I meanwhile … have presented the figures of the noble stag’s age somewhat larger than the others has been done solely to show his nature and kind the better … ”.
Early impression 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. – Minute little fold in the subject’s upper center, 2 backed little margin injuries.
Offer no. 15,457 / EUR 730. / export price EUR 694. (c. US$ 756.) + shipping
– – – The same from the final complete edition, Leipsic c. 1859. 11⅞ × 9⅛ in (30.3 × 23.3 cm). – On toned vélin with margins of 3.5-4 on three sides and 6.3 cm below, drawing impeccably clear and vibrant still in the subtlest italics.
Offer no. 16,102 / EUR 248. (c. US$ 270.) + shipping
The Rutting Stag. In Friedrich Happel (Arnsberg 1825 – Dusseldorf 1854), Hunting Scenes from Original Drawings. Set of 6 sheet tinted lithographs by C. Diedrich in Arnsberg. Arnsberg, H. F. Grote, 1856. Large obl. fol. (sheet size c. 34 x 41-44 cm; image size incl. caption c. 25.5-26.5 x 28-30.5 cm). Inscribed: Gez. v. Fr(iedr). Happel / Lithographie, Druck &/u. Eigenthum v. C. Diedrich in Arnsberg / caption as below / In Commission bei H. F. Grote in Arnsberg. Loosely in green-blue orig. wrapper with vignette of a resting stag of odd 10 points.
Not in Schwerdt (1928). – On both sides of the subject’s lower edge each original pinhole from adjusting the tone plate. – The attractively designed wrapper slightly worn and laminated for general reinforcement on light acid-free carton.
A Herd of Deer moving to the Woods – A Herd of Fair Deer – The Rutting Stag – The Stag at Bay – The Falling Stag – The Startled Hind with the Fawn. – See the complete description.
Offer no. 15,828 / EUR 1380. / export price EUR 1311. (c. US$ 1429.) + shipping
“ An Excellent 20Pointer
in Rutting Season ”
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Stately 20-points stag in rutting season in reduced posture in open wooded landscape. Set back on the left lattice of a deer park with entrance. Below the picture the detailed life size traces. Etching and engraving. (1740.) Inscribed: 4. / The mark(s) on soft ground are the following … The mark(s) on solid ground … , detailed a-h / Joh. El. Ridinger inv. del. sculps. et excud. Aug. Vind. 14⅝ × 11⅝ in (37 × 29.6 cm).
Uniquely beautiful impression with watermark WANGEN as one of the sturdy laid paper qualities preferred by Ridinger. – Margins above & below 3.1-4.8 cm wide, on the left 1.3, on the right 0.2-0.9 cm margin resp., each in addition to the wide white platemark. – The white margin partially somewhat agespotted, below far right a little more from turning over. In addition small tear at the fold of the wide white lower margin backed acid-freely.
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“ In a Fine Park ,
also in Rutting Season ”
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Un grand vieux Cerf en sa reposée s’admirant. A Stag of 24 points in his lair in the rest. Lying before steps with walk lined by statues. In the latter a second royal one. Etching and engraving. (1736.) Inscribed: 11. / Cum Priv. Sac. Cæs. Majest. / I. El. Ridinger inv. pinx. Sculps. et excud. Aug. Vindel., otherwise as above in German, French, Latin, & below. 13⅝ × 17 in (34.6 × 43.2 cm).
(Fine Hunting Bag — Pictures of Hunting)
Dr. Hanns Simon Foundation Bitburg
January 13 – March 3, 2013
Catalog Book to the Exhibition
Pages 140/41 (double full-page detail illustration) & 148/II
Thienemann 206 & Schwarz 206. – Blatt 11 der BETRACHTUNG DER WILDEN THIERE 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, as well as a figurative one. – Margins on three sides 4, below 2.8 cm wide. – The utterly smoothed centerfold reinforced on the back. Almost only in the white margin faintly foxing. Yet besides
of 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 also 1889 with Coppenrath.
Offer no. 15,424 / EUR 1100. / export price EUR 1045. (c. US$ 1139.) + shipping
niemeyer’s — ridinger of the finest
Joined in One :
Ridinger’s Rutting Rivals
Joseph Georg Wintter (1751 Munich 1789). Crying Stag of Odd 8 Points in Rutting Season. Standing at the wooded bank of a suggested water and looking to the other side. Etching. Sheet size 10.2 x 15.8 cm.
Niemeyer 121. – Before the letter? – With mostly still fine margin around the subject. Smoothed little fold perceptible only in the sky part.
ESPECIALLY RARE , MARVELOUS IMPRESSION OF THE FIRST STATE
on laid paper with the large torso of a figurative watermark. – Obviously not related to any of the Nagler sets and neither included in the 44-sheet Augsburg omnibus edition Schwerdt III, 190. a (“Rare”, 1928) of 1821 the earliest. The 137-sheet complete edition Weigel 21336
– “ Most sheets very rare ”, 1857 ! –
yet here not provable elsewhere. Could be related to Niemeyer 124, a shot deer of odd (?) 14 points. Thematically, however,
the fine sujet corresponds
with the midnight sheet (Th. 241) of the Ridinger set of the
whose two rivals are joined here in one animal.
Wintter was electoral Bavarian Court and Hunt Engraver and member of the electoral academy at Dusseldorf and 1787 he was promoted even 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] 1788 in Forst-Archiv [IV, 280 ff.]).
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Scotland & England —
a’thing staying as it were?
As in Rutting Season in Bavaria ?
Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Fighting Rutting Stags in the Green Pasture near Neuburg (on the Danube, Bavaria) drawn from life Anno 1722. Copper-printing-plate in reverse. (1743/44.) Inscribed: J. El. Ridinger sculps. et exc. A. V., otherwise in German as before. 13⅜ × 10⅛ in (34 × 25.8 cm).
Rare Ridinger Scene
on the master’s 270 Years old Copper-Printing-Plate
to sheet 29 (etching & engraving, Thienemann & Schwarz 271) of the Representation of the Wondrous Stags and other Animals. – Although according to Veit, Joh. El. Ridinger und die Grünau bei Neuburg in Neuburger Kollektaneenblatt CXLV, 1997, pp. 131-143, the local faithfulness is not to be taken as an absolute quantity, so nevertheless in the present case
“ the represented structure of the forest
also still corresponds to today’s cultivated pasture landscape …”
Offer no. 14,998 / price on application
niemeyer’s — for rarest ridingeriana
“ The method you describe sounds excellent. Please proceed … ”
(Mr. J. R. C., September 16, 2003)