William Jackson ('A jack in office')

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William Jackson ('A jack in office'), by Robert Dighton, published 4 January 1793 - NPG D10872 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

William Jackson ('A jack in office')

by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 4 January 1793
7 7/8 in. x 5 7/8 in. (199 mm x 150 mm) plate size; 12 3/8 in. x 10 1/4 in. (315 mm x 260 mm) paper size
acquired Unknown source, 1884
Reference Collection
NPG D10872


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Sitterback to top

  • William Jackson (active 1793), Commissioner for excise. Sitter associated with 2 portraits.

Artistback to top

  • Robert Dighton (1751-1814), Portrait painter, caricaturist and actor. Artist associated with 271 portraits, Sitter in 4 portraits.

This portraitback to top

The subject has been suggested to be William Jackson, Commissioner for Excise, though it may simply have been intended as a generalised satire. The same figure, but depicted half-length and in an oval, appears in a watercolour and was engraved in mezzotint and published by Carington Bowles, 1 December 1792. It is typical of the numerous designs for 'droll' mezzotints which Robert Dighton produced for this publisher.

Related worksback to top

  • NPG D13696: William Jackson ('A jack in office') (impression from same plate as)