The Rule of Death ('OMNIA MIHI SUBDITA')
mezzotint, circa 1760, on laid paper, with a large proprietary Letters watermark, a fine impression of this important and very rare print, with thread margins on three sides, trimmed just inside the platemark below, a short tear at the lower sheet edge, tipped down to a support sheet at the corners, generally in very good condition
Sheet 575 x 415 mm.

Stillfried & Thienemann, Schwarz 1477

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It appears that J. J. Ridinger created two very similar versions of this highly impressive plate, which were long thought of as different states of the same print. However, the present plate has been executed purely in mezzotint, without any engraved lines, and the arrow - among other differences - points directly at the word MIHI, rather than at the gap between the words.

Johann Jacob Ridinger's Rule of Death was created after a drawing by his father Johann Elias. It can be considered his masterpiece and a high-point in the art of mezzotint printing in Germany.

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