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Johann Elias Ridinger, Elephant Seal

“ The Representation and Drawing of these Animals we have received from London … with the Following Report ”

Ridinger, Johann Elias (Ulm 1698 – Augsburg 1767). Sea Lion=. Two animals on the beach to the left, the smaller one in front looking at the beholder. Right in front a seashell. Colored etching with engraving. Inscribed: LEO MARINUS= / See Löwe= / Lion Marin= / Familia V. mit fünf Zeegen und Gänßen Füßen. / Ridinger cop., otherwise as below. 8¼ × 12¼ in (21.1 × 31.1 cm).

Thienemann & Schwarz 1097. – 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.

“ This illustration has been kindly communicated

from London by a good friend. ”

“ The representation and drawing of this animal we have received from London … along with the following report. ‘These are two sea lions which Admiral Anson has met on his voyage he has done around the world (1740-44) … They are 22 feet long and in their full diameter 20 feet thick. The skin is one inch thick, yet the fat a full foot … The larger one is the male, however, the smaller one the female. Some are of bright red color; which, however, turns into black-brown, yet others are whitish. The largest have a weight of frequently 16 hundredweights. They shy at man a lot: but when they are brought to bay too much they get wild and turn on their enemy … At the cape of Kronozki near Ostrow Island and in the bay of Kamchatka they are captured frequently … By early July they bring into the world but one young one, which, when tired, sits on the mother’s back, which, however, soon throws off her young one by rolling over, and compels such to swim again ”

(Ridinger’s sons in the preamble to pt. II, p. 18, enclosed in copy). – And Thienemann:

“ The larger figure is the distorted Hooded Seal or the Elephant Seal … the male, from Anson in his Voyage around the World (first edition London 1748). The smaller one supposedly is the female, colored (here rust red) wrongly. ”

Watermarked Strasbourg fleur-de-lis above arms & C & I Honig (type Heawood 64/Churchill 428) 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”. – Margins 1.5-2.6 cm wide. – The severe waterstainedness on the back more or less perceptible on the front only by slightly larger scattered mould stains, but on the left marginal loss into the lower lower margin right up to the edge of the picture. Besides tears in the otherwise largely preserved lower margin. Right far edge with faint tidemark. The caption completely preserved up to the inscription and aforementioned beautiful final line. By matting, as being delivered, still quite presentable.

Offer no. 15,993 / EUR  70. (c. US$ 85.) + shipping

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