Robert Dighton.2 .

Robert Dighton. (c.1752 . .1814). Robert Dighton was best known as a clever social satirist and an unfortunate art thief. Richard Dighton published his first etching in 1815. By 1828 he had created over one hundred works of art in this medium. At that date he ceased etching and moved to the provinces, settling in both Cheltenham and Worcester. Over the next twenty years Dighton worked mainly as a watercolor portraitist. After 1835 he again produced original prints, this time in the medium of lithography. An accomplished portrait painter and etcher, Dighton exhibited at the Free Society of Artists from 1769 until 1773. In addition, he periodically exhibited at the Royal Academy. Dighton used his subtle style to produce a great number of humorous portraits of the leading figures in English society. In awkward poses and with ruddy faces, Dighton satirized lawyers, military officers, actor, and actresses who were seen about town. He also did a series of amusing portraits of Oxford professors and country gentlemen, which display the same subtle sense of humor typical of his caricatures. In 1806 the British Museum discovered that Dighton had been stealing prints from their print room and selling them on the open market. An art dealer by the name of Samuel Woodburn had purchased a copy of Rembrandt's "Coach Landscape" from Dighton for twelve guineas. Supposing it may be a copy, Woodburn took the print to the British Museum to compare it with their impression; upon which he discovered that their copy was missing. Upon investigation Dighton confessed that he befriended the museum officials by drawing portraits of them when he visited the museum. This relationship allowed him the freedom to steal prints from the print room and remove them from the museum in his portfolio. He then proceeded to supplement his artists' income by selling the pilfered items to the art trade. Although he had somewhat questionable morals, Dighton remains an important English caricaturist who brought the profession a refreshing subtlety and quiet wit. Ironically, many of Dighton's caricatures and some of his original drawings can now be found in the print room of the British Museum. Robert Dighton. (c.1752 . . 1814). . . . . . . . Richard Dighton. (1795 . . 1880). Both Father and Son produced many portrait etchings. Usually they were single figures with little or no background. Robert Dighton's prints are numerous and originally sold tinted by hand, are chiefly satirical portraits of the leading counsel then at the bar, military officers, actors and actresses, he signed himself R. Dighton and Dighton, whereas his son Richard wrote his name in full **These are pictured to show any faults ie strong lighting edge nicks unmended they will normally be sent mended but I prefer to show ' warts and all' rather than to mount skillfully and decieve**


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'Up-Town
Arthur Percy Upton ('Up-Town'). by and published by Richard Dighton, hand-coloured etching,  259 mm x 122 mm plate size; 276 mm x 162 mm paper size.By and published by Richard Dighton hand-coloured etching, published July 1818 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .  £60 inc a scarcer image but clipped to 3mm from plate mark and evidence at corners of rust from old pins




Mr Hobhouse
John Cam Hobhouse, Baron Broughton de Gyfford ('Mr Hobhouse') by and published by Richard Dighton, hand-coloured etching, 1819 259 mm x 122 mm plate size; 276 mm x 162 mm paper size.By and published by Richard Dighton hand-coloured etching, published July 1818 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .  £60 inc some marking to base just out of plate mark plus an abrasion to his coat




Madame Catalani in Semiramide her first Appearance in England.

The famous soprano advances trippingly towards the spectator, head turned in profile to the right., l. arm extended as if beckoning, a handkerchief in her right. hand. She wears a gold fillet in her hair from which hang draperies, falling over her left. arm, a dress with a double tunic, and a long train or mantle with tasselled ends flung over her shoulder and looped under her gold belt. All her quasi-barbaric draperies are heavily embroidered with gold. She has long rucked transparent sleeves. Below the title: 'her first appearance in England, Decr 13th 1806.' Not a caricature. December 1806 Hand-coloured etching By and published by Richard Dighton hand-coloured etching, published July 1818 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size when full page. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them £60 inc as cut to plate mark plus a mark top right that would clean



Lord Dashalong bent on driving (1801).

A half length portrait of Lord Sefton (1772-1838) seated on a high box-seat, driving; he leans slightly forward, his head in profile to the left, a bunch of reins in the left hand, a long whip in the right. November 1801. Hand-coloured etching, published July 1818 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size but smaller. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them £45 inc as cut to plate mark 


Lieu Gen. Macdonald

Lieu Gen. Macdonald 1812 Lieutenant General Donald Macdonald of the 55th Foot, Lieutenant Governor of Fort William. HON. ARTHUR UPTON 1817. A portrait of Major Arthur Percy Upton of the 1st Foot Guards, the third son of Baron Templeton. Hand-coloured etching, published 1812 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size but smaller. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them £35 inc as cut to plate mark plus holes @ top from pins or glue



Unknown man possible George Rowe

Hand-coloured etching by and published by Richard Dighton, printed by George Rowe in Cheltenham hand-coloured lithograph, circa 1835 or after 380 mm x 279 mm. Clipped to image some surface soiling £35 inc delivery


An illustrious consort'

Princess Augusta Wilhelmina Louisa, Duchess of Cambridge ('An illustrious consort'). by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean hand-coloured etching, published July 1818. Published by Richard Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .pretty perfect  **Drawn Etchd. [& Pubd, erased from the original imprint] by  Dighton. ." and "Pubd by T McLean Haymarke**£55 inc corner loss trimmed page 1 cm out of plate mark



The Towns-end'

John Townsend ('The Towns-end'). by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 4 December 1804 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them £60 inc as cut to plate mark

A View of Norfolk.

February 1st 1796 Charles 11th Duke of Norfolk”. “Died 1815”, clutching his hat in one hand. Hand-coloured etching, published 1815 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size but smaller. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them £45 inc  clipped to plate mark otherwise brilliant marginal soiling ar base


The Litany'

The Litany' shows Mr Sharp  a man in black with a black gown and black top hat and metal framed glasses facing left. He has green gloves, the right hand glove he holds in his left gloved hand while he points with his right hand.by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean hand-coloured etching, published July 1818. Published by Richard Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .pretty perfect  **Drawn Etchd. [& Pubd, erased from the original imprint] by  Dighton. ." and "Pubd by T McLean Haymarke**£55 inc  trimmed page to plate mark


A View near Hyde Park Corner.

Tattersall in his rostrum, leaning forward on a large open book, his head in profile to the right, his auctioneer's hammer in his (gloved) right hand. He is very bulky and wears a round hat with curved brim by Dighton. Pubd Feb.y 1802 by Dighton. Char.g Cross. Hand-coloured etching. Plate 196 x 139mm.Hand-coloured etching, published 1815 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size but smaller. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them £65 inc  clipped to p1cm margins


A View near Hyde Park Corner.

Tattersall in his rostrum, leaning forward on a large open book, his head in profile to the right, his auctioneer's hammer in his (gloved) right hand. He is very bulky and wears a round hat with curved brim by Dighton. Pubd Feb.y 1802 by Dighton. Char.g Cross. Hand-coloured etching. Plate 196 x 139mm.Hand-coloured etching, published 1815 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size but smaller. Published by Charing Cross, London ie Dightons own shop issue    .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them £45 inc  clipped to plate mark otherwise brilliant



   


Ireland in Scotland, or a trip from Oxford to the land of cakes
John Ireland, M.D. Framed unexamined out of the frame/ Sent to USA etc minus glass/ Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published  London: Published by Richard Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .pretty perfect  **Drawn Etchd. [& Pubd, erased from the original imprint] by  Dighton. April 13. 1822." and "Pubd by T McLean Haymarke**£80 inc a scarcer image some age toning but ready framed . . 




Byng-go
Hon, Frederick Gerald ('Poodle') Byng  7th Viscount Torrington (1812-1884). Framed unexamined out of the frame/ Sent to USA etc minus glass/ Richard Dighton hand-coloured etching, published  London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .pretty perfect  **Drawn Etchd. [& Pubd, erased from the original imprint] by  Dighton. April 13. 1822." and "Pubd by T McLean Haymarke**£80 inc a scarcer image some age toning but ready framed . . 
 
 

Robert Waithman Esq
Alderman of the Ward of Farringdon Without Drawn by  Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published  London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .pretty perfect  **Drawn Etchd. [& Pubd, erased from the original imprint] . 1816." and "Pubd by T McLean Haymarke**£85 inc a scarcer image




Robert Waithman.
 Waithman was the author of a pamphlet entitled 'War proved to be the Real Cause of the Present Scarcity' (1800; four editions), and a 'Letter to the Governors of Christ's Hospital, 1808,.By and published by Richard Dighton hand-coloured etching, published July 1818 303 mm x 201 mm plate size; 333 mm x 230 mm paper size. issued by Thomas McLean hand-coloured etching,   .  Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .pretty perfect  £70 inc a scarcer image but crinkling to the page possibly will dampen and press flat



A view of Burghersh (John Fane, 11th Earl of Westmorland; )
Lord Burghersh, holding a cane, walks on grass in profile to the right. He wears a top-hat, long coat, strapped trousers, and spurred boots. April 13 1822 Drawn by  Richard Dighton hand-coloured etching, published  London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image often by Dighton himself when selling them .pretty perfect  **Drawn Etchd. [& Pubd, erased from the original imprint] by Richard. Dighton. April 13. 1822." and "Pubd by T McLean Haymarke**£80 inc a scarcer image slightly cropped page but as in many of Richard's  the y seem to print less





Mother Goose of Oxford
Rebecca Howse, t blind, ex-procuress of Oxford. Called ‘Flora’ by the undergraduates, she married a ‘Gentleman H.’ who led her about to sell her (expensive) flowers.  Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1807 London: Rebecca Howse (née Wildgoose) (1737-1818), Flower seller of Oxford . Rebecca Wildgoose, an ex-procuress, became blind and married a William Howse who then led her around Oxford selling flowers. She was a well known character, affectionately called 'Flora' by the students. published 1807 London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. pretty perfect £80 inc


Mother Goose of Oxford
Rebecca Howse,  blind, ex-procuress of Oxford. Called ‘Flora’ by the undergraduates, she married a ‘Gentleman H.’ who led her about to sell her (expensive) flowers.  Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1807 London: Rebecca Howse (née Wildgoose) (1737-1818), Flower seller of Oxford . Rebecca Wildgoose, an ex-procuress, became blind and married a William Howse who then led her around Oxford selling flowers. She was a well known character, affectionately called 'Flora' by the students. by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published July 1807 £45 full page discoloured from back board not as image


A View From Chatham Row Bath
Dr. John Shepherd (1759-1805). In 1782 he took deacon's orders and in 1783 he was ordained . Early in 1785 obtained the curacy of Paddington, London and through his exertions the church was rebuilt between 1788 and 1791. He is principally known for his book 'Critical and Practical Elucidation of the Book of Common Prayer', published 1797. He  retired to Bath and died at Stisted on 2nd May 1805 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1809  London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. pretty perfect £80 inc


A View From Chatham Row Bath
Dr. John Shepherd (1759-1805). In 1782 he took deacon's orders and in 1783 he was ordained . Early in 1785 obtained the curacy of Paddington, London and through his exertions the church was rebuilt between 1788 and 1791. He is principally known for his book 'Critical and Practical Elucidation of the Book of Common Prayer', published 1797. He  retired to Bath and died at Stisted on 2nd May 1805 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1809  London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. .  has been in mount some sunning to the edge would mount out £45 inc





The Classical Alma Mater Coachman, Oxford.
Portrait of Tilleman Hodgkinson Bobart. Tilleman Hodgkinson Bobart who matriculated as a Commoner 1790 at University College, aged eighteen, but never graduated. He ran a four-horse coach between Oxford and London, had to give up the road owing to accidents, and in 1815 was made Esquire Bedel in Law. He died 1838 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published  1808 London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. offsetting otherwise pretty perfect £80 inc

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A NOBLE DUKE. Taken on the Steyne at Brighton.
Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton The Duke of Grafton stands directed to the left, his head in profile, both (gloved) hands resting on the head of his stick. He wears his accustomed and characteristic dress of an earlier fashion: small tricorne and full-skirted coat buttoned at the waist, with a star, and spurred top-boots. 20 November 1801 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1801 London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. pretty perfect £80 inc


A NOBLE DUKE. Taken on the Steyne at Brighton.2

 Augustus Henry Fitzroy, 3rd Duke of Grafton The Duke of Grafton stands directed to the left, his head in profile, both (gloved) hands resting on the head of his stick. He wears his accustomed and characteristic dress of an earlier fashion: small tricorne and full-skirted coat buttoned at the waist, with a star, and spurred top-boots. 20 November 1801 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1801 London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image £70 inc one blemish


The specious orator
A half length portrait of Christie standing in his auctioneer's rostrum, the upper part of which forms the base of the design. He leans insinuatingly to the left, his head in profile, spectacles on his forehead, his hammer delicately raised. Beneath the design: 'Will your ladyship do me the honor to say £50-000 \ - a mere trifle - a brilliant of the first water. \ an unheard of price for such a lot, surely' Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1794 London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. a few mks  pretty perfect sold




An officer of the 15th, or Kings Hussars.
Taken from life'  Major Francis Forrester. An officer, with whisker and moustache stands in profile to the left., his (gloved) r. hand resting on a tasselled cane holding his sabre in the left hand. The dress resembles that of BMSat 10629. ? 1806 by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published  London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. Pretty perfect £90 inc 


A gloomy day. Taken on the Steyne at Brighton
 A half length portrait of Matthew Day standing in profile to the right. He is very obese, wears round hat, long coat, tasselled Hessian boots, and holds a cane in his gloved hand. November 1801 by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published  London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. Pretty perfect £85 inc


A gloomy day, taken on the Steyne at Brighton' (Matthew Day) 2
A half length portrait of Matthew Day standing in profile to the right. He is very obese, wears round hat, long coat, tasselled Hessian boots, and holds a cane in his gloved hand. November 1801   by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published  London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. Pretty perfect £80 inc slight cast to paper



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