1 of 318 portraits by Robert Dighton
- Extended catalogue entry
Regency Portraits Catalogue
by Robert Dighton
5 3/4 in. x 4 1/2 in. (146 mm x 114 mm)
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The portrait is an up-dating of an earlier drawing showing Dighton ten years younger and wearing a hat. In this the portfolio is lettered A New Book of Heads by R. DIGHTON, Painter & Drawing Master; it was etched and published by John Smith 10 May 1779. Dighton's Book of Heads was published by Bowles & Carver in 1795 with the later etching as frontispiece. Another self-portrait in ink and watercolour of about 1800, inscribed Myself, was at Sotheby's (Jeffrey Rose sale) 23 February 1978 (75). According to Adrian Bury, 'Unknown Drawings by Robert Dighton …', Connoisseur, CLXVI, December 1967, lots 8 and 10 in the same sale ('I'm the Thing, ain't I' and 'Hooly and Fairly') are also self-portraits of Dighton on the boards of Sadlers Wells Theatre.
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Half-length profile to left holding a portfolio of drawings and a porte-crayon.
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Wilson collection; bought from M. H. Spielmann 1936 together with several other drawings.
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Etching probably by himself published Carrington Bowles 9 November 1787 (and another undated by Bowles & Carver), identical to the drawing except for the portfolio which is lettered A BOOK of HEADS by ROBt DIGHTON Portrait Painter and Drawing Master.
This extended catalogue entry is from the out-of-print National Portrait Gallery collection catalogue: Richard Walker, Regency Portraits, National Portrait Gallery, 1985, and is as published then. For the most up-to-date details on individual Collection works, we recommend reading the information provided in the Search the Collection results on this website in parallel with this text.
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