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.
Gallery label, September 2004