|Artist||John Baptist Malchair|
|Dimensions||Image and plate 100 x 180 mm, Sheet 190 x 280 mm|
A scarce etching of Magdalen Tower from the river from XII Views consisting chiefly of the Environs of Oxford.
John Baptist Malchair (1731 - 1812). English painter and printmaker of German birth. The son of a watchmaker, he moved to England c.1754 and taught music and drawing in London, Lewes and Bristol before settling in Oxford as a drawing-master and leader of the band at the city's Music Room. In 1763, he published 12 etchings of views near Oxford; further sets of etchings followed in 1771 and 1772. His only Royal Academy exhibit was a watercolour landscape, shown in 1773 when he was listed as an honorary exhibitor. There is no evidence that he sold his work. Nearly 500 drawings by Malchair are in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford; these include unpretentious cottage subjects and panoramic views of the city (e.g. Oxford in Flood Time, from Shotover Hill, 1791) characterised by an atmospheric haziness achieved through blurred pencil lines and grey or pastel wash.
Condition: Small ink stain to area right of boat.