A list of Welsh drawings, 1795

Name of traveller

Johannes Baptist Malscher (1770-1812)

Reason for travel

  • landscape drawing

Date of travel

26 July to 21 August 1795

August 8. Part of Barmouth near the harbour, here we had a great crowd of Spectators, men women and children chattering welsh like so many monkeys, the sea sand whirled over the houses, quite coverd [sic] our paper. (Malchair 3 verso)


  • architecture: interested in drawing castles, churches, ruins and bridges
  • art:
    • production of landscape drawings in ink and pencil during the journey
    • lists dates, locations and content of the drawings produced during the journey
    • refers to the landscape paintings of Salvator Rosa (1615-1673) in describing the colour palette of mountainous Welsh landscapes
  • customs: displeased at witnessing a "Jumpers" service at Barmouth
  • language:
    • English proficiency in Wales is even rarer than people speaking French in England
    • compares Welsh to the chattering of monkeys
  • people:
    • ragged and rough appearance of the Welsh peasantry
    • local people watch him draw
  • terrain:
    • interested in rural settings
    • rocky coastline of west Wales; rough, rugged mountains
    • draws during bouts of rain
    • frequent references to the weather, its effect on the light and conditions for drawing in the open air
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list of drawings


[Malscher, Johannes Baptist] Malchair, John. A list of Welsh drawings, 1795. 1795. NLW MS 24017D. Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth. MS.