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Robert Dighton

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

Sitter in 4 portraits
Artist associated with 318 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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Landscape study, by Robert Dighton - NPG 5477a

Landscape study

by Robert Dighton
watercolour, circa 1803
NPG 5477a

Sir David Dundas, by Robert Dighton - NPG 982d

Sir David Dundas

by Robert Dighton
coloured etching, 1810
NPG 982d

James William Dodd, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D1647

James William Dodd

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

James William Dodd, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D1648

James William Dodd

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

James Hackman, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D2551

James Hackman

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

James Hackman, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D2947

James Hackman

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

William Parsons, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D3812

William Parsons

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

Richard Wroughton, by Robert Laurie, published by  William Richardson, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D4923

Richard Wroughton

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

George Mattocks, by Robert Laurie, published by  William Richardson, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D14410

George Mattocks

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

William Parsons, by Robert Laurie, published by  William Richardson, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D18932

William Parsons

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

Isabella Mattocks (née Hallam), by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D3651

Isabella Mattocks (née Hallam)

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

Isabella Mattocks (née Hallam), by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D3652

Isabella Mattocks (née Hallam)

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

Jane Pope, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D3921

Jane Pope

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

Frances Wrighten (née Matthews), by Robert Laurie, published by  William Richardson, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D4920

Frances Wrighten (née Matthews)

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

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur), by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D595

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur)

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

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur), by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D623

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur)

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

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur), by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D624

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur)

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1780
NPG D624

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur), by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D625

Elizabeth Bannister (née Harpur)

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
coloured mezzotint, published 1780
NPG D625

Frederick Bull, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D884

Frederick Bull

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1780
NPG D884

Jane Pope, by Robert Laurie, published by  William Richardson, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D19434

Jane Pope

by Robert Laurie, published by William Richardson, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1 March 1780
NPG D19434

'Two Impures of the Ton driving to the Gigg Shop, Hammersmith.', by Robert Dighton, published by  Robert Sayer, published by  John Bennett, and published by  John Smith of Cheapside - NPG D47141

'Two Impures of the Ton driving to the Gigg Shop, Hammersmith.'

by Robert Dighton, published by Robert Sayer, published by John Bennett, and published by John Smith of Cheapside
hand-coloured etching, published 6 February 1781
NPG D47141

The Contrast (includes John Bull), published by Carington Bowles, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47046

The Contrast (includes John Bull)

published by Carington Bowles, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, circa 1783
NPG D47046

'In Place . En Emploi.', published by Carington Bowles, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47047

'In Place . En Emploi.'

published by Carington Bowles, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 2 September 1784
NPG D47047

'Out of Place. Hors D'Emploi.', published by Carington Bowles, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47048

'Out of Place. Hors D'Emploi.'

published by Carington Bowles, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 2 September 1784
NPG D47048

A Master Parson Returned from Duty, published by Carington Bowles, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47152

A Master Parson Returned from Duty

published by Carington Bowles, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 9 November 1785
NPG D47152

Charles Bannister, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D594

Charles Bannister

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1787
NPG D594

Charles Bannister, by Robert Laurie, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D7507

Charles Bannister

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1787
NPG D7507

'My ass in a band box', by Robert Dighton - NPG D9059

'My ass in a band box'

by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, circa 1790
NPG D9059

Unknown man, by Robert Dighton - NPG D47130

Unknown man

by Robert Dighton
etching, published 6 November 1791
NPG D47130

Possibly Joseph Shepherd Munden ('Tippy Bob - The Natty Crop'), published by Carington Bowles, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47153

Possibly Joseph Shepherd Munden ('Tippy Bob - The Natty Crop')

published by Carington Bowles, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 14 February 1792
NPG D47153

A Drap of Comfort, published by Carington Bowles, probably after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47154

A Drap of Comfort

published by Carington Bowles, probably after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 2 March 1792
NPG D47154

He - He - He - I Loves Fun, published by Carington Bowles, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47155

He - He - He - I Loves Fun

published by Carington Bowles, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 29 September 1792
NPG D47155

I Von't Take a Farden Less, published by Bowles & Carver, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47159

I Von't Take a Farden Less

published by Bowles & Carver, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 25 July 1792
NPG D47159

John Hunter, by Daniel Orme, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D3291

John Hunter

by Daniel Orme, after Robert Dighton
stipple engraving, published 1792
NPG D3291

William Woodfall, by Robert Dighton - NPG D4904

William Woodfall

by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 14 September 1792
NPG D4904

William Jackson ('A jack in office'), by Robert Dighton - NPG D10872

William Jackson ('A jack in office')

by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 4 January 1793
NPG D10872

The First Day of Term - or, The Devil among the Lawyers, published by Bowles & Carver, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47045

The First Day of Term - or, The Devil among the Lawyers

published by Bowles & Carver, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, 1793 or after
NPG D47045

A Country Attorney and his Clients. Avocat de la Campagne avec ses Clients, published by Bowles & Carver, possibly after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47054

A Country Attorney and his Clients. Avocat de la Campagne avec ses Clients

published by Bowles & Carver, possibly after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, 1793 or after
NPG D47054

Sir James Eyre, after Robert Dighton - NPG D1894

Sir James Eyre

after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, 1793 or after
NPG D1894

King George IV when Prince of Wales, after Robert Dighton - NPG D8047

King George IV when Prince of Wales

after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, 1793 or after
NPG D8047

'Vil you give us a glass of gin. I'll see you d--n'd first', by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13312

'Vil you give us a glass of gin. I'll see you d--n'd first'

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 4 January 1793
NPG D13312

James Christie ('The specious orator'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D10684

James Christie ('The specious orator')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 25 March 1794
NPG D10684

Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D10685

Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 December 1794
NPG D10685

The Lottery Contrast, published by Bowles & Carver, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47050

The Lottery Contrast

published by Bowles & Carver, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 17 February 1794
NPG D47050

Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13335

Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 December 1794
NPG D13335

Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13401

Stephen Kemble ('Hamlet in Scotland')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 December 1794
NPG D13401

James Christie ('The specious orator'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13402

James Christie ('The specious orator')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 25 March 1794
NPG D13402

'I vont take a farden less', by Robert Dighton - NPG D9060

'I vont take a farden less'

by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, circa 1795
NPG D9060

Allan Maconochie, Lord Meadowbank, by Robert Dighton - NPG D32611

Allan Maconochie, Lord Meadowbank

by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, circa 1795-1816
NPG D32611

Robert Dighton, by Robert Dighton - NPG D10956

Robert Dighton

by Robert Dighton
etching, published 1795
NPG D10956

I Love Somebody, published by Bowles & Carver, possibly after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47156

I Love Somebody

published by Bowles & Carver, possibly after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 1 September 1795
NPG D47156

A Puppy's Dress in the Dog Days, published by Bowles & Carver, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47157

A Puppy's Dress in the Dog Days

published by Bowles & Carver, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 29 September 1795
NPG D47157

A Deep One, published by Bowles & Carver, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47158

A Deep One

published by Bowles & Carver, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 9 November 1795
NPG D47158

Quarrelsome Taylors [Tailors], or Two of a Trade Seldom Agree, published by Bowles & Carver, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47051

Quarrelsome Taylors [Tailors], or Two of a Trade Seldom Agree

published by Bowles & Carver, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 2 January 1795
NPG D47051

William Douglas, 4th Duke of Queensberry ('Old Q-uiz the old goat of Piccadilly'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D10693

William Douglas, 4th Duke of Queensberry ('Old Q-uiz the old goat of Piccadilly')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 25 February 1796
NPG D10693

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