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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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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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