Crotch was primarily a musician. He became famous as a child prodigy and in 1797 he was appointed Heather Professor of Music at Wadham College. The same year he completed this watercolour and pencil of the college buildings from his garden, which is offered for £1100.
Throughout his life he pursued his interest in art alongside his genius for music and said once he could not decide “which I love best between these two sisters”. At Oxford his drawing improved under the guidance of John Baptist Malchair, who became a close friend.
Peppiatt’s exhibition is staged at his gallery in Mason’s Yard, St James’s. It comprises 30 works mainly produced between 1802-42. It runs until May 19.