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Richard Dighton

(1795-1880), Portrait painter and caricaturist

Sitter associated with 1 portrait
Artist associated with 312 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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Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge ('An illustrious consort'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D9259

Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge ('An illustrious consort')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published July 1818
NPG D9259

Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge ('An illustrious consort'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D9260

Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge ('An illustrious consort')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published July 1818
NPG D9260

'A contract' (Mr Damington; Mr Tremloe), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D34673

'A contract' (Mr Damington; Mr Tremloe)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1818
NPG D34673

'A contract' (Mr Damington; Mr Tremloe), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D10811

'A contract' (Mr Damington; Mr Tremloe)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1818
NPG D10811

Sir Murray Maxwell, by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D47083

Sir Murray Maxwell

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, circa 1818
NPG D47083

Edmund Kean ('Mr. Kean as Lucius Junius, in Brutus'), by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D47084

Edmund Kean ('Mr. Kean as Lucius Junius, in Brutus')

by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
nand-coloured etching, (1818)
NPG D47084

Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby ('A view from St James's Street'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D47094

Dudley Ryder, 1st Earl of Harrowby ('A view from St James's Street')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, May 1818
NPG D47094

Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Bt, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D47099

Sir Moses Haim Montefiore, 1st Bt

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published June 1818
NPG D47099

Thomas Raikes ('One of the rake's of London'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D47102

Thomas Raikes ('One of the rake's of London')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published March 1818
NPG D47102

Sir Murray Maxwell, by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D48206

Sir Murray Maxwell

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, circa 1818
NPG D48206

William Farren ('Mr William Farren as Sir Peter Teazle'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D2327

William Farren ('Mr William Farren as Sir Peter Teazle')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published 1818
NPG D2327

'Mr William Farren as Sir Peter Teazle' (William Farren), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D2328

'Mr William Farren as Sir Peter Teazle' (William Farren)

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1818
NPG D2328

Mr Hale, by Richard Dighton - NPG D4542

Mr Hale

by Richard Dighton
etching, published 1818
NPG D4542

Robert Waithman, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D4580

Robert Waithman

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published July 1818
NPG D4580

Robert Waithman, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D4581

Robert Waithman

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published July 1818
NPG D4581

Thomas Raikes ('One of the rake's of London'), by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by  Thomas McLean - NPG D7778

Thomas Raikes ('One of the rake's of London')

by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published March 1818
NPG D7778

Gerard Lake, 1st Viscount Lake ('A view of a lake'), by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D8556

Gerard Lake, 1st Viscount Lake ('A view of a lake')

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published May 1818
NPG D8556

Charles or Hugh Grant, by and published by Richard Dighton - NPG D8697

Charles or Hugh Grant

by and published by Richard Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published April 1818
NPG D8697

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