The Anderhub Copy
Rugendas I, Georg Philipp (1666 Augsburg 1742). Diversi Pensieri. Countryfolk mounted/with horses. Set of 8 sheet. Etchings. Inscribed: Diversi Pensieri p(er) Georgio Filippo Rugendas Pittore. Aug: Vind: 1699. Jeremias Wolff excudit Cum Privilegio Sac: Cæsar: Maiest. 1. (title) and, varying, I. Wolff exc(ud). (Aug. Vind.) C(um). P(riv). S(ac). C(æc and æs resp.). M(aj). 2. (till 8.) resp. 4⅝ × 5½-5⅝ in (11.6-11.8 × 14.1-14.2 cm). Stitched.
J. H. Anderhub
with his exlibris of 1937 EX BIBLIOTHECA J. H. ANDERHUB
below his bust silhouette
Teuscher 23-30, I (of III, recte IV) with illustrations; Stillfried 20-27; Art Stock Catalogue Weigel IX, 1840, 10,321 + VI, 7133 (state II with Ridinger’s address with date 1750 with omission of the privilege note); Schwarz, Ridinger Collection von Gutmann, 1910, XXVIII (7 sheets only), state II (title) and II, 1 (Ridinger address without date) resp.
Sheets 1, 5 + 8 with watermark torso. – With 2-2.5 cm wide partially feebly foxing margin, only the title in the image as well and somewhat more in the white margin. – Laterally left mounted on cardboard of 1919. – The fold strips partly, of sheet 8 completely, torn, but backed acid-freely.
The charming set of “bucolic contents”
like the “Capricci” of 1698 (Gode Krämer in Catalogue Augsburg), filled with the poetry of the intimate Rugendas beyond of battle noise and also here confirming Wilhelm Schmidt’s résumé drawn in Allgemeine Deutsche Biographie 125 years ago according to which
“ Doubtless, set into better circumstances, e.g. living in the Netherlands about 1650, he would have become an artist who
would have surpassed all his horse and battle competitors . ”
The preparatory pencil drawings in reverse worked for the transfer to the copper with marks of trace and red chalk on the back in Brunswick, while for sheets 2, 6, 7 + 8 there are “very exact equilateral drawings of the same size (brown pen) without traces of transfer” in Augsburg which by no means were or could be “copies after the etchings” as held by Heusinger in the Brunswick exhibition catalogue “The engraved Image” of 1987. See on this Cat. Augsburg to items 26 + 29. Here then now the graphic Pensieris titled so by Rugendas himself
in the first state of adequate provenance
with the address of Jeremias Wolff (1663-1724), by Weigel 1840 valued with 1 Tlr. 8 Gr. and thus quite visibly set off against the just 10 Groschen for the 50 years later second state, though that “does not differ from the state of the 1st edition” (Cat. Augsburg to no. 30), with exception of, however, the address changed to Ridinger which first appears together with the date 1750, then without the latter and by Teuscher (23) accordingly separated into II + II,1. From which correctly 4 states result. T. III (recte then IV) 1824 for Herzberg in Augsburg as expressly documented per T. 23 only. The publishing additionally proven by explanation cat. Augsburg, no. 26.
Did not figure, as further prints, too, in the 1963 book sale of the “Bibliotheca Hippologica I. H. Anderhub”. Here the in rust-red wrappers, inscribed in German (by own hand?) “Rugendas / Diversi Pensieri / 8 l / Wolff A. V. 1699 / complete see Stillfried p. 1 no. 20-27”.
Offer no. 28,608 / EUR 940. / export price EUR 893. (c. US$ 973.) + shipping
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(Herr W. W., 20. Dezember 2008)