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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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Donald Macdonald, by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13481

Donald Macdonald

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1812
NPG D13481

Thomas Clark ('A gentle ride from Exeter 'Change to Pimlico'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D16390

Thomas Clark ('A gentle ride from Exeter 'Change to Pimlico')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published August 1812
NPG D16390

King George IV ('Paternal Protection'), publshed by Robert Dighton - NPG D47132

King George IV ('Paternal Protection')

publshed by Robert Dighton
etching, published 9 March 1813
NPG D47132

Frederick Augustus Berkeley, 5th Earl of Berkeley, published by Hurst & Blackett, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D14384

Frederick Augustus Berkeley, 5th Earl of Berkeley

published by Hurst & Blackett, after Robert Dighton
stipple engraving, published 1866 (1801)
NPG D14384

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James William Dodd

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D1649

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William Parsons

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D3811

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James William Dodd

by Robert Laurie, published by Robert Dighton, after William Richardson
mezzotint, published 10 July 1779
NPG D20163

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Jane Pope

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1 March 1780
NPG D3922

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Jane Pope

by Robert Laurie, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published 1 March 1780
NPG D3923

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William Jackson ('A jack in office')

by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 4 January 1793
NPG D13696

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Friedrich I, King of Württemberg ('A great personage')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 25 May 1797
NPG D15556

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Sir Archibald MacDonald, 1st Bt

published by Bowles & Carver, after Robert Dighton
mezzotint, published circa 1800-1825
NPG D15215

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George Frederick Cooke as Richard III

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1 December 1800
NPG D16184

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'A noble commander from South Gloucester taken on the Steyne at Brighton'

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published December 1801
NPG D9444

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'A noble commander from South Gloucester taken on the Steyne at Brighton'

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published December 1801
NPG D13697

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John Moore ('The Principal Arch of Lambeth Palace')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published January 1803
NPG D19750

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'A view taken from Christ Church Meadows, Oxford' (James Webber; Cyril Jackson)

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published May 1807
NPG D4714

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'A view of a temple near Buckingham'

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published July 1811
NPG D15484

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