Robert Dighton

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Robert Dighton

by Robert Dighton
pen and sepia wash, circa 1787
5 3/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (146 mm x 114 mm)
Purchased, 1936
Primary Collection
NPG 2815

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  • Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor. Sitter in 4 portraits, Artist associated with 276 portraits.

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  • Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor. Artist associated with 276 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

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This image was etched and published by Carington Bowles on 9 November 1787. In the etching the portfolio is lettered 'A BOOK OF HEADS BY ROBT. DIGHTON, Portrait Painter and Drawing Master'. Dighton's Book of Heads was published by Carington Bowles in 1795; the etching was used as the frontispiece. Dighton is shown holding a portfolio of drawings and a porte crayon (an instrument used for holding a piece of chalk or crayon).

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