Heneage Finch, Fourth Earl of Aylesford 1751–1812
Medium Ink and watercolour on paper
Dimensions Support: 210 x 248 mm
Acquisition Purchased as part of the Oppé Collection with assistance from the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund 1996
View this artwork by appointment, at Tate Britain's Prints and Drawings Rooms
The fourth Earl of Aylesford was one of the most talented pupils of the Oxford drawing master, John 'Baptist' Malchair (no.24). Malchair's students were encouraged to describe form using tone and mass rather than outline. However, in his mature drawings such as this one, Aylesford usually adopted ink outlines to highlight and particularise form. In his own day, his drawing style was said to resemble that of the famous seventeeth-century Dutch artist, Rembrandt, whose etchings Aylesford collected. Aylesford made frequent tours to Wales, including a trip in 1803 when he may have made this view of Tenby. He was also a talented amateur architect.
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