Robert Dighton - D4904
by Robert Dighton
published 14 September 1792
Portraits in Profile: the Dighton Family
William Woodfall (1746-1803), published 1792
The first parliamentary reporter. In 1774 Woodfall was employed as printer and editor of the Morning Chronicle, a position which he occupied until 1789. He then established the Diary which consisted of a detailed report on each day's parliamentary debates; a process aided by his remarkable and noted memory.
This is one of the earliest etchings by Robert Dighton, it shows an able draughtsmanship and delicate colouring.