Robert Dighton.3 .

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**

 

An Ass in a Band Box
** This is the first edition later editions altered to My Ass  etc** A colorfully dressed rustic seated on a hairy quadruped, within an open box 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**£80 inc a scarcer image



Members of the Whig Club
A satire on the toasts and speeches at the Whig Club by Norfolk and Fox and their results, 

Norfolk (left) and Fox (right) sit close together, hands on knees, the left knee of Norfolk and the right knee of Fox touching; their heads are turned in profile, each gazing fixedly at the other with a melancholy expression. On the back of Norfolk's chair is a ducal coronet; Fox sits on a stool. At their feet is an open book: 'List of his Maje[stys] \ Privy Council \ Earl of.. Lord.. \ Duke ofDrawn 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] by  Dighton. April 13. 1822." and "Pubd by T McLean Haymarke**£80 inc a scarcer image some age toning but ready framed . . 


 


Vil you give us a glass of gin. I'll see you d-n'd first
A buxom woman (left), with loose hair and exposed bosom, hands on hips, looks alluringly towards a man (right), who carries a bunch of carrots under his right arm, a bunch of turnips in his left hand. He turns his head in profile, scowling fiercely at her. A knife hanging from her waist suggests that she is an oyster-woman.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 of a Temple near Buckingham
A caricature portrait of the Marquis of Buckingham (George Grenville Nugent Temple) walking in profile to the left. He wears military uniform with cocked hat and spurred Hessians, and is enormously obese, his sword-belt grotesquely clasped across his paunch. His hand is on the hilt of his sword. He was Lord Lieutenant of Bucks.. by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published July 1811 £80 full page


A Noble Student of Oxford
 Portrait caricature of George Nugent Grenville when a student at Oxford, whole length, walking in profile to left, wearing academic gown and hat, tight jacket, breeches, glove on his right hand, holding another glove; after Dighton. 1808 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



The Father of the Corporation of Oxford. Omnibus carus
William Fletcher (1739-1826), banker and bookseller of Oxford, Mayor of Oxford in 1782, 1796, and 1809 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. .  £80 inc






A view from St Aldate's Oxford
John Grosvenor, a middle-aged man, well dressed, and wearing top-boots, walks (left to right) holding a glove in his (gloved) left hand. A dog (? a pug) steps out beside him. Jan 1808 .Grosvenor (1742-1823), who became the most noted practical surgeon in Oxford, was admitted to the privileges of the University in 1768, as'chirurgus'. On the death of the University Printer in 1795 he became chief proprietor and editor of the 'Oxford Journal'. He is said to have been one of those who invited Dighton to Oxford,  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. pretty perfect £80 inc x 2 avail

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Kangook
Lt.-Col. Henry Frederick Cooke, 'Kangaroo Cooke', stands in profile to the left. He wears dandified dress, his hair and whisker curled and brushed forward, and with the high collar, linen cuffs, and full trousers of the dandy. He wears a long single-breasted coat and oddly shaped top-hat./Cooke, called Kangaroo Cooke, brother of Sir George Cooke who commanded the first battalion of Guards at Waterloo, was A.D.C. to the Duke of York; he was noted for his dandified dress. See Gronow, 'Reminiscences', 1892, i. 60-1. He was made a Knight Commander of the Order of the Guelphs in 1821, and knighted in 1825 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 narrow left/right margins app 2 cm


A View from Jesus College, Oxford

  Dr Hughes in scholarly attire, with both hands tucked into his robe. He wears a black, flowing gown and mortar board, and stands with his head and body in profile to the left. He is of a portly nature with a large stomach.May 1808.  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 £80 inc

clipped to image by an idiot £35


Discharg'd Fifer
An engraving of Lord Fife, fashionably dressed, wearing full, strapped trousers. He is walking along a pavement and using a cane. Fife (1776-1857), M.P. for Banffshire, was dismissed from his place as Lord of the Bedchamber for voting against the malt tax 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 £80 inc




A view from Merton College, Oxford. 2nd var.
A young man in cap and gown over fashionable dress, with short but not cropped hair, walks in profile to the right., his arms by his sides, bending slightly forward. Winchcombe Hartley who matriculated 9 Dec. 1806, aged eighteen, and was a Fellow of Merton 1808-13
June 1808 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 


The-Late-Right Revd. Dr. Samuel Horsley, Lord Bishop of St. Asaph
Dr Samuel Horsley (religious profession) in a black suit, holding a black tricorne in his left hand, and a walking stick in his right hand (whilst wearing blue gloves). In addition, he stands with his head and body in profile to the right.December 1802. 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.  £65 inc Lit artificially to show the start of toning not so obvious in daylight but fussy !



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