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Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 271 portraits
Entered the Royal Academy Schools in 1772 and afterwards set up as a drawing-master and miniature portrait painter. The first prints that he designed were of actors in character for John Bell's edition of Shakespeare's works (1775-6). Dighton became well known as a caricaturist. He satirised lawyers, military officers, actors and actresses, as well as tailors, academics and the down-at-heel types. For a time he combined his career as artist and printseller with that of an actor and singer in the West End. In 1806, Dighton achieved notoriety when it was discovered that he had been stealing prints from the British Museum. His son, Richard Dighton, was also a caricaturist.

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2815

Robert Dighton

by Robert Dighton
pen and sepia wash, circa 1787
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982e

John Moore

by Robert Dighton
etching, 1803
NPG 982e

5477

Abraham Goldsmid

by Robert Dighton
watercolour, 1803
NPG 5477

5477a

Landscape study

by Robert Dighton
watercolour, circa 1803
NPG 5477a

982d

Sir David Dundas

by Robert Dighton
coloured etching, 1810
NPG 982d

D13298

William V, Prince of Orange

probably by and probably published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published circa 1775-1814
NPG D13298

D1647

James William Dodd

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D1647

D1648

James William Dodd

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D1648

D2551

James Hackman

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2551

D2947

James Hackman

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1779
NPG D2947

D3812

William Parsons

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D3812

D4923

Richard Wroughton

by Robert Laurie, published by William Richardson, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D4923

D14410

George Mattocks

by Robert Laurie, published by William Richardson, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D14410

D18932

William Parsons

by Robert Laurie, published by William Richardson, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D18932

D3651

Isabella Mattocks (née Hallam)

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1780
NPG D3651

D3652

Isabella Mattocks (née Hallam)

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1780
NPG D3652

D3921

Jane Pope

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1 March 1780
NPG D3921

D4920

Frances Wrighten (née Matthews)

by Robert Laurie, published by William Richardson, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1 March 1780
NPG D4920

D595

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur)

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1780
NPG D595

D623

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur)

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1780
NPG D623