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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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'John Doe & Richd Roe. Brothers in law', by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D46388

'John Doe & Richd Roe. Brothers in law'

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 November 1796
NPG D46388

The Royal Cock=Pitt (William Pitt; Charles James Fox), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D47138

The Royal Cock=Pitt (William Pitt; Charles James Fox)

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 20 December 1796
NPG D47138

Dev'lish Cold, published by Bowles & Carver, after  Robert Dighton - NPG D47160

Dev'lish Cold

published by Bowles & Carver, after Robert Dighton
hand-coloured mezzotint, published 9 November 1796
NPG D47160

William Douglas, 4th Duke of Queensberry ('Old Q-uiz the old goat of Piccadilly'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D5569

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 D5569

'John Doe & Richd Roe. Brothers in law', by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13307

'John Doe & Richd Roe. Brothers in law'

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 November 1796
NPG D13307

Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk ('A view of Norfolk'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13341

Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk ('A view of Norfolk')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1 February 1796
NPG D13341

Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk ('A view of Norfolk'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13403

Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk ('A view of Norfolk')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1 February 1796
NPG D13403

'John Doe & Richd Roe. Brothers in law', by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13404

'John Doe & Richd Roe. Brothers in law'

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 November 1796
NPG D13404

'John Doe & Richd Roe. Brothers in law', by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13405

'John Doe & Richd Roe. Brothers in law'

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 November 1796
NPG D13405

'The Fox and the grapes' (Charles James Fox), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13406

'The Fox and the grapes' (Charles James Fox)

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 29 December 1796
NPG D13406

Richard Pepper Arden, 1st Baron Alvanley, by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D15511

Richard Pepper Arden, 1st Baron Alvanley

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 6 November 1796
NPG D15511

Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk ('A view of Norfolk'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D15636

Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk ('A view of Norfolk')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 1 February 1796
NPG D15636

William Pitt ('Billy Caught Naping [napping]), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D47140

William Pitt ('Billy Caught Naping [napping])

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 24 April 1797
NPG D47140

Friedrich I, King of Württemberg ('A great personage'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D13358

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

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 25 May 1797
NPG D13358

'Members of the Whig Club' (Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk; Charles James Fox), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D10721

'Members of the Whig Club' (Charles Howard, 11th Duke of Norfolk; Charles James Fox)

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 25 May 1798
NPG D10721

The Arms and Supporters of a Debateing Society (Charles James Fox; William Pitt), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D47139

The Arms and Supporters of a Debateing Society (Charles James Fox; William Pitt)

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published 25 January 1798
NPG D47139

John Philip Kemble ('We serve a King whom we love - a God whom we adore'), by and published by Robert Dighton - NPG D10686

John Philip Kemble ('We serve a King whom we love - a God whom we adore')

by and published by Robert Dighton
hand-coloured etching, published June 1799
NPG D10686

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