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Biographies - Robert Dighton Jnr

Charles Stanhope, 4th Earl of Harrington ('A noble aiddecamp')
by and published by Robert Dighton Jr
published June 1804
NPG D10765

Portraits in Profile: the Dighton Family

For a long time the existence of Robert Dighton Jnr was not recognised; those prints which were signed 'Dighton Jnr' were thought to be early efforts by Robert's other sons, Denis or Richard. However drawings in the Royal Collection reveal that Robert was working steadily from 1800 to 1809 producing caricature watercolours of military personnel.

Though artistically it is probably fair to say that Robert was the least able of the family, his etchings are particularly striking. Somewhat naive, his confident, heavy use of the burin contrasts with the finer and more delicate technique of his father.

His artistic output appears to have ceased when he obtained a commission in the army. He served in the Peninsular war and in France between 1810 and 1814, being wounded at Bayonne. He was with the 2nd Battalion, 71st Light Infantry in Glasgow in 1816, and later with the 16th Lancers in India in 1834.

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