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Richard Dighton

(1795-1880), Portrait painter and caricaturist

Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Artist associated with 313 portraits
Richard Dighton was best known for his numerous portraits of City and West End characters. Apprenticed in his father Robert Dighton's studio, he continued the production of full-length, profile etchings. He began his extensive series of City and West End characters in 1817, publishing over one hundred etchings during the next ten years. In 1828, Dighton ceased producing etchings and moved to the provinces - Cheltenham and Worcester - where he lived and worked over the next twenty years, before returning to London. He focused his attention primarily on watercolour portraits and, from 1835, lithographic portraits.

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John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland ('A view of Burghersh'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D4756

John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland ('A view of Burghersh')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 13 April 1822
NPG D4756

'Charley the principal=d broker' (Charles Wright), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D4921

'Charley the principal=d broker' (Charles Wright)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 4 May 1822
NPG D4921

'A view of Nugent' (George Nugent Grenville, Baron Nugent), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D8554

'A view of Nugent' (George Nugent Grenville, Baron Nugent)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published July 1822
NPG D8554

Prince Paul Esterházy ('Hazey weather'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Samuel William Fores - NPG D13325

Prince Paul Esterházy ('Hazey weather')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Samuel William Fores
hand-coloured etching, published 2 December 1822
NPG D13325

Richard Heals (Heale) ('

Richard Heals (Heale) ('"King Richard" - "The brokers friend"')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
etching, published 15 April 1822
NPG D13331

John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland ('A view of Burghersh'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13356

John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland ('A view of Burghersh')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 13 April 1822
NPG D13356

Henry Beauchamp Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp ('A thin piece of Parliament'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13364

Henry Beauchamp Lygon, 4th Earl Beauchamp ('A thin piece of Parliament')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published April 1822
NPG D13364

Mr Mends ('

Mr Mends ('"The market mends"')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published June 1822
NPG D13373

William Mellish, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13374

William Mellish

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 29 July 1822
NPG D13374

Prince Paul Esterházy ('A princely ambassador'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13386

Prince Paul Esterházy ('A princely ambassador')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1822
NPG D13386

John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland ('A view of Burghersh'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13526

John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland ('A view of Burghersh')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 13 April 1822
NPG D13526

Richard Heals (Heale) ('

Richard Heals (Heale) ('"King Richard" - "The brokers friend"')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 15 April 1822
NPG D13527

William Mellish, by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13528

William Mellish

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 29 July 1822
NPG D13528

'A view of Nugent' (George Nugent Grenville, Baron Nugent), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13529

'A view of Nugent' (George Nugent Grenville, Baron Nugent)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published July 1822
NPG D13529

'A view of Nugent' (George Nugent Grenville, Baron Nugent), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13530

'A view of Nugent' (George Nugent Grenville, Baron Nugent)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published July 1822
NPG D13530

Prince Paul Esterházy ('A princely ambassador'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13531

Prince Paul Esterházy ('A princely ambassador')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1822
NPG D13531

Richard Heals (Heale) ('

Richard Heals (Heale) ('"King Richard" - "The brokers friend"')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 15 April 1822
NPG D13392

'A view of Nugent' (George Nugent Grenville, Baron Nugent), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13393

'A view of Nugent' (George Nugent Grenville, Baron Nugent)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published July 1822
NPG D13393

Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh), by or after Richard Dighton - NPG D20569

Robert Stewart, 2nd Marquess of Londonderry (Lord Castlereagh)

by or after Richard Dighton
coloured etching, 1822 or after
NPG D20569

Thomas Rowcroft ('A Royal Exchange Consul General'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D9031

Thomas Rowcroft ('A Royal Exchange Consul General')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1823
NPG D9031

Unknown man, by Richard Dighton - NPG D9083

Unknown man

by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1823
NPG D9083

Mr Lowe, by Richard Dighton - NPG D9198

Mr Lowe

by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published November 1823
NPG D9198

Thomas Massa Alsager ('The mirror of the Times'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D10808

Thomas Massa Alsager ('The mirror of the Times')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published August 1823
NPG D10808

Richard Thornton ('A view on the Royal Exchange'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D4515

Richard Thornton ('A view on the Royal Exchange')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published October 1823
NPG D4515

Thomas Tooke ('A near guess'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D6962

Thomas Tooke ('A near guess')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1823
NPG D6962

Edward Irving, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13334

Edward Irving

by and published by Richard Dighton
etching, published 10 September 1823
NPG D13334

Thomas Rowcroft ('A royal exchange consul general'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13346

Thomas Rowcroft ('A royal exchange consul general')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, 1823
NPG D13346

James Curtis ('A view from the Old South Sea House'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13375

James Curtis ('A view from the Old South Sea House')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published April 1823
NPG D13375

Richard Thornton, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13376

Richard Thornton

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published October 1823
NPG D13376

probably Andrew Cohen ('

probably Andrew Cohen ('"Coffee's the thing! Go it ye tigers!"')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published November 1823
NPG D13377

Mr Lowe, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13378

Mr Lowe

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published November 1823
NPG D13378

Thomas Tooke ('A near guess'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13379

Thomas Tooke ('A near guess')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1823
NPG D13379

Daniel Alder ('

Daniel Alder ('"I believe I'm right"')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1823
NPG D13380

James Curtis ('A view from the Old South Sea House'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13532

James Curtis ('A view from the Old South Sea House')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published April 1823
NPG D13532

Richard Thornton ('A view on the Royal Exchange'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13533

Richard Thornton ('A view on the Royal Exchange')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published October 1823
NPG D13533

Mr Lowe, by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13534

Mr Lowe

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published November 1823
NPG D13534

Thomas Massa Alsager ('The mirror of the Times'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13535

Thomas Massa Alsager ('The mirror of the Times')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published August 1823
NPG D13535

Daniel Alder ('

Daniel Alder ('"I believe I'm right"')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1823
NPG D13536

Daniel Alder ('

Daniel Alder ('"I believe I'm right"')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
etching, published 1823
NPG D13537

Thomas Tooke ('A near guess'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13538

Thomas Tooke ('A near guess')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1823
NPG D13538

Thomas Tooke ('I took(e) thee for thy betters'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13539

Thomas Tooke ('I took(e) thee for thy betters')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1823
NPG D13539

Richard Thornton ('A view on the Royal Exchange'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D13396

Richard Thornton ('A view on the Royal Exchange')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published October 1823
NPG D13396

Thomas Rowcroft ('A Royal Exchange Consul General'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D9032

Thomas Rowcroft ('A Royal Exchange Consul General')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1824 (1823)
NPG D9032

Samuel Gurney ('They'll be done, we are obliged to thee'), by Richard Dighton, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D32608

Samuel Gurney ('They'll be done, we are obliged to thee')

by Richard Dighton, published by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1824
NPG D32608

Benjamin Bovill ('A view of Beau-ville'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D10806

Benjamin Bovill ('A view of Beau-ville')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1824
NPG D10806

Benjamin Bovill ('A view of Beau-ville'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D10807

Benjamin Bovill ('A view of Beau-ville')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1824
NPG D10807

Richard Mee Raikes ('Do you know Mee?'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D10810

Richard Mee Raikes ('Do you know Mee?')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published April 1824
NPG D10810

Robert Dewar ('A view at Lloyds after a stormy night'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D10812

Robert Dewar ('A view at Lloyds after a stormy night')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1824
NPG D10812

Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid ('Will you let me a loan?'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D10919

Sir Isaac Lyon Goldsmid ('Will you let me a loan?')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published August 1824
NPG D10919

Mr Gurney ('Is Friend Rothschild on 'Change'), by and published by Richard Dighton, later published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D35076

Mr Gurney ('Is Friend Rothschild on 'Change')

by and published by Richard Dighton, later published by Thomas McLean
coloured etching, 1824 (17 March 1823)
NPG D35076

Benjamin Bovill ('A view of Beau-ville'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D4466

Benjamin Bovill ('A view of Beau-ville')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1824
NPG D4466

Mr Curtis ('A firm banker'), by Richard Dighton, published by  Thomas McLean - NPG D4517

Mr Curtis ('A firm banker')

by Richard Dighton, published by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1824
NPG D4517

Thomas Wilson, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D4843

Thomas Wilson

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published May 1824
NPG D4843

Thomas Wilson, by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D4844

Thomas Wilson

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1824
NPG D4844

Thomas Wilson, by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D4845

Thomas Wilson

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
etching, published 1824
NPG D4845

James Perry ('The Morning Chronicle'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D7611

James Perry ('The Morning Chronicle')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published November 1824
NPG D7611

Samuel Dixon, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D8427

Samuel Dixon

by and published by Richard Dighton
etching, published September 1824
NPG D8427

Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Bt, by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D11045

Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Bt

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
etching, 1824 (originally published June 1818)
NPG D11045

James Lindsay, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D11054

James Lindsay

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published June 1824
NPG D11054

Levi Barent Cohen or Mr Ripley, by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D13219

Levi Barent Cohen or Mr Ripley

by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1824 (1817)
NPG D13219

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