Malchair was one of the most influential drawing masters active in Britain in the last two decades of the eighteenth century. Born in Cologne and by profession a musician, he began taking pupils to supplement his income on his appointment as leader of the Oxford Music Room Orchestra in 1759. About forty of his Oxford pupils are known by name.
Many of Malchair's landscapes were made as instruction drawings for his pupils. But he also made some refreshingly unconventional landscapes in and around Oxford, as well as some striking drawings on a tour to Wales in 1795. Malchair noted that when he made this drawing, 'the sea sand whirled over the houses, quite coverd our paper'.
Gallery label, September 2004
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