• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 5860

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours

    11 December 2009, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 350

    Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698-1767 Augsburg)

    The lynx

    Price Realised  


    Johann Elias Ridinger (Ulm 1698-1767 Augsburg)
    The lynx
    signed and dated 'J.E. Ridinger del. 1759.'
    black chalk, pen and brown ink, brown wash, pen and brown ink framing lines
    14 1/8 x 10¾ in. (36 x 27.3 cm.) (sheet); 9½ x 10¼ in. (24 x 26 cm.) (drawing)
    to be sold with the related engraving (2)

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    Ridinger, who is best-known for his superbly detailed prints and drawings of animals, studied in Ulm, Augsburg and Regensburg before returning to Augsburg in 1722 to establish a successful studio and print-publishing business. The present drawing and its related engraving belong to a series of prints entitled 'Die von verschiedenen Arthen der Hunden behaetzte Jagtbare Thiere', which was published in 1761 (Thienemann, op. cit., p. 39) and which consists of 22 engravings showing confrontations between wild animals and various breeds of hunting dogs. Thienemann describes how, in the present work, the lynx fends off the intruding dogs with a snarl as it holds its ground on an elevated rock (op. cit., p. 40).

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    G.A.W. Thienemann, Leben und Wirken des unvergleichlichen Thiermalers und Kupferstechers Johann Elias Ridinger, Amsterdam, 1979, p. 40, no. 148 (engraving), 'Der Luchs. Da sitzt er mit grimmiger Geberde, oder steht vielmehr aufgerichtet auf einem Felsstück und hält die eindringenden Hunde gewaltig in Respect'.