Robert Dighton - D4904



William Woodfall, by Robert Dighton, published 14 September 1792 - NPG  - © National Portrait Gallery, London

William Woodfall
by Robert Dighton
published 14 September 1792
NPG D4904

Portraits in Profile: the Dighton Family

Robert Dighton 1751-1814

NPG D4904
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.

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