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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. Sorry for the shop title on images but I get fed up of my images being on ebay. . . they now use them with titles(idiots)

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**


A Major Part of the Town of Portsmouth
Major Charles Ashurst, was in command of the Marines protecting Portsmouth Harbour.Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, 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. one slight mucky mk  pretty perfect £95 inc a scarcer image




A View from the Pump Room, Bath.
General Robert Donkin  who died in March 1821, at the age of 94, had been a brother-officer of Wolfe on the staff of General Fowke in Flanders, and afterwards served on the staff of General Rufane in Martinique, of Lord Granard when commander-in-chief in Ireland, and of General Gage in America. 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 SOLD


A View of the Telegraph, Cambridge
Published June, 1808, by Dighton of Samuel Kilner Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 1809 (1802)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 of the telegraph, Cambridge (Richard Vaughan('Hell Fire Dick') 2

Portrait of Dick Vaughan, the driver of the Cambridge Telegraph, a famous coach, was known as Hell-Fire-Dick, and was 'a favourite companion of University fashionables'. He died in 1822. A coachman in a single-breasted coat reaching to his boot-tops stands looking to the left. His cylindrical hat has an irregular brim. A team-whip leans against his left shoulder and he holds the end of the lash between the tips of the fingers of both hands.  by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 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 of the telegraph, Cambridge'

Portrait of Dick Vaughan, the driver of the Cambridge Telegraph, a famous coach, was known as Hell-Fire-Dick, and was 'a favourite companion of University fashionables'. He died in 1822. A coachman in a single-breasted coat reaching to his boot-tops stands looking to the left. His cylindrical hat has an irregular brim. A team-whip leans against his left shoulder and he holds the end of the lash between the tips of the fingers of both hands. by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published May 1809  271 mm x 198 mm plate size; 10 1/4 in. x 12 3/8 in. (260 mm x 315 mm) paper size.Framed glazed unopened but appears to be free and with good borders.£85 inc marginal  age toning to the paper***Pic slightly distorted taken through mucky glass, sorry !*not opened



'Agamemnon a great general, taken on the Steyne at Brighton'
He is General William Dalrymple, 1735-1807, Col. of the 47th Foot and Lt.-Governor of Chelsea Hospital, father of the 7th Earl of Stair. Below the title: 'Taken on the Steyne at Brighton.' A very obese man stands in profile to the right., his hands behind him with a meditative expression. He wears old-fashioned dress, with round, broad-brimmed hat, and buckled shoes. 1 January 1804 Drawn 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



'Agamemnon a great general, taken on the Steyne at Brighton'
He is General William Dalrymple, 1735-1807, Col. of the 47th Foot and Lt.-Governor of Chelsea Hospital, father of the 7th Earl of Stair. Below the title: 'Taken on the Steyne at Brighton.' A very obese man stands in profile to the right., his hands behind him with a meditative expression. He wears old-fashioned dress, with round, broad-brimmed hat, and buckled shoes. 1 January 1804 Drawn 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 delivery ***Pic slightly distorted taken through mucky glass, sorry !*

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A view from Swan Brew House Oxford'

Mr. Hall of the Swan Brewery. A man stands looking to the left., (gloved) r. hand on his cane, l. arm akimbo, legs apart. He wears wide-brimmed hat, double-breasted coat, knee-breeches, high-quartered buckled shoes, and elaborate neck-cloth with kilted jabot and sleeve-ruffle. Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, 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



'A view taken from the Town Hall, Oxford'
(Sir William Elias Taunton) Whole length portrait of William Elias Taunton walking to the left., head in profile, r. hand on his cane. He has a small pigtail, wears a hat of unusual shape, double-breasted coat, wrinkled knee-breeches, and loose boots of Hessian type. Taunton (1773 - 1835), son of the Town Clerk of Oxford, Justice of the King's Bench 1830, was made Recorder of Oxford in 1806. He is said to have been one of three prominent Oxford residents who invited Dighton there to caricature a fourth, John Ireland by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1 May 1807 11 in. x 8 1/8 in. (278 mm x 205 mm) plate size; 347 mm x 268 mm paper size .e pretty perfect £80 inc



'A view taken from the Town Hall, Oxford'

(Sir William Elias Taunton) Whole length portrait of William Elias Taunton walking to the left., head in profile, r. hand on his cane. He has a small pigtail, wears a hat of unusual shape, double-breasted coat, wrinkled knee-breeches, and loose boots of Hessian type. Taunton (1773 - 1835), son of the Town Clerk of Oxford, Justice of the King's Bench 1830, was made Recorder of Oxford in 1806. He is said to have been one of three prominent Oxford residents who invited Dighton there to caricature a fourth, John Ireland by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1 May 1807 11 in. x 8 1/8 in. (278 mm x 205 mm) plate size; 347 mm x 268 mm paper size . Framed glazed unopened but appears to be free and with good borders.£95 inc some age toning to the paper***Pic slightly distorted taken through mucky glass, sorry !*



Madame Catalani in Semiramide
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  by Dighton of Doctor Hartley Drawn 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. none for sale at present


Hamlet in Scotland. A large manager in a Great Character
The enormously fat Stephen Kemble, as Hamlet, gesticulates, right arm extended, left arm thrown back, fingers (very large) pointing awkwardly; his head is turned in profile to the left. He wears quasi-contemporary dress, much dishevelled, with a star and ribbon from which hangs the elephant of the Danish order. Beneath the title: 'A Large manager in a Great Character . . . . . . that I have thought some of nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well; they imitated humanity so abominably.' 6 December 1794 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 1809 (1802) 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 scarce early pic with an old tape repair


A View taken from Christ Church Meadows Oxford. 1
portraits of James Webber and Cyril Jackson, Dean of Christ Church . The tall Dean of Christ Church and James Webber (B.D. 1807), both in academic dress, walk, r. to left., and slightly towards the spectator, heads in profile. Webber expounds with extended hand, the Dean listens with grave intensity. The Dean wears a clerical wig, a cassock with sash, and high-quartered buckled shoes. The younger and smaller man has short hair, double-breasted coat, fashionable jabot, and knee-breeches, with tied shoes. May 1807 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 1809 (1802) 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 taken from Christ Church Meadows Oxford. 2
portraits of James Webber and Cyril Jackson, Dean of Christ Church . The tall Dean of Christ Church and James Webber (B.D. 1807), both in academic dress, walk, r. to left., and slightly towards the spectator, heads in profile. Webber expounds with extended hand, the Dean listens with grave intensity. The Dean wears a clerical wig, a cassock with sash, and high-quartered buckled shoes. The younger and smaller man has short hair, double-breasted coat, fashionable jabot, and knee-breeches, with tied shoes. May 1807 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 1809 (1802) 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. light creasing pretty perfect £80 inc



A View taken from Christ Church Meadows Oxford. 3
portraits of James Webber and Cyril Jackson, Dean of Christ Church . The tall Dean of Christ Church and James Webber (B.D. 1807), both in academic dress, walk, r. to left., and slightly towards the spectator, heads in profile. Webber expounds with extended hand, the Dean listens with grave intensity. The Dean wears a clerical wig, a cassock with sash, and high-quartered buckled shoes. The younger and smaller man has short hair, double-breasted coat, fashionable jabot, and knee-breeches, with tied shoes. May 1807 Drawn by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 1809 (1802) 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


The Principal Arch of Lambeth palace

Archbishop Moore stands in profile to the left., holding his episcopal tricorne in his (gloved) left hand. He wears a short bushy powdered wig, episcopal waistcoat and apron, with stockings and buckled shoes. Jan 1803 by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching,London: Published by Robert Dighton, Charg. Cross, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printedon watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image. Pretty perfect mounted £70 inc**larger than normal image


A View from Magdalen Hall, Oxford
Dr. Ford walks r. to left. in profile, looking at the ground, and clutching his gown in his right. hand. He wears mortarboard, bands, and cassock. Henry Ford matriculated 1776, aged 23, at Pembroke, was Lord Almoner's professor of Arabic 1780-1813, D.C.L. Magdalen Hall 1788, Principal 1788-1813. June 1808 by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 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 Magdalen Hall,
Dr. Ford walks r. to left. in profile, looking at the ground, and clutching his gown in his right. hand. He wears mortarboard, bands, and cassock. Henry Ford matriculated 1776, aged 23, at Pembroke, was Lord Almoner's professor of Arabic 1780-1813, D.C.L. Magdalen Hall 1788, Principal 1788-1813. June 1808by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 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 t £80 inc



A View from Oriel College, Oxford
Dr. Eveleigh stands in profile to the right., holding to his person his voluminous gown. He wears a clerical wig, mortar-board, and cassock. Eveleigh, Provost of Oriel 1781-1814, was Bampton Lecturer in 1792. He did much to raise the college to its high position in the early nineteenth century, and was a vigorous university reformer. by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 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 Oriel College, Oxford 2
Dr. Eveleigh stands in profile to the right., holding to his person his voluminous gown. He wears a clerical wig, mortar-board, and cassock. Eveleigh, Provost of Oriel 1781-1814, was Bampton Lecturer in 1792. He did much to raise the college to its high position in the early nineteenth century, and was a vigorous university reformer. by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published December 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 Vew from Magdalen College Cambridge
Dr. Gretton walks in profile to the left, wearing mortar-board, gown, bands, and cassock. He has a pouched and wrinkled face and short white hair or wig. He holds a handkerchief in his right hand which rests on his breast, the left is in the pocket of his cassock. William Gretton (1736-1813) was Master of Magdalene from 1797, and Vice-Chancellor 1800-1 June 1809 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



A Celebrated Public Orator
William Crowe stands in profile to the right. holding his mortar-board in his right. hand, his left hand extended, slightly stooping, as if making a speech. He has short thick hair (or wig) and wears bands and cassock under his gown.Crowe (1745-1829) was Public Orator, Oxford, 1784-1829.  Jan 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



A View from Peter House cambridge /Peterhouse
Dr. Barnes, wearing cap and gown, a clerical wig, and bands, stands in profile to the right. He is tall, with a fierce Punch-like profile. A second imprint is etched in reversed characters in the shadow at his feet: 'Whitt . . . N° 31 Shoe La[ne], London'. Francis Barnes, D.D., Master of Peterhouse from 1788, was Knightsbridge Professor of Moral Philosophy from 1813 to 1838, but gave no lectures by and published by Robert Dighton hand-coloured etching, published 1810  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 Trinity College  cambridge 
Mansel, Bishop of Bristol and Master of Trinity (from 1798), walks from left to right, and slightly towards the spectator, head in profile, and thrown back, his mortar-board in his left hand. His voluminous, inflated, and much convoluted gown covers a bulky figure. He wears a clerical wig. Jan 10 1810 .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.  £80 inc



A View from Brazen Nose College  Oxford / BNC/Brasenose
William Cleaver (1742-1815), Principal of Brasenose. He gave Brasenose a reputation for scholarship and discipline, which it had  lacked, and also became successively Bishop of Chester, Bangor and St. Asaph  by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean
hand-coloured etching, published December 1808  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 Taken at Oxford
Dr. John Smith (1744-1809), Master of Pembroke College, stands in profile to the right. He has a fat, jowly face, scowling grimly, is very round shouldered and has a pot belly, and wears a crumpled, voluminous academic gown by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean hand-coloured etching, published 1808, 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 Merton College
Samuel Kilner (1732-1815), Fellow of Merton till 1815, Sub-warden in 1814. He appears younger than his age. A tall slim man( Samuel Kilner ) stands in profile to the left., wearing a long gown over lay dress and holding out a round hat. He is sharp-featured, and wears (?) a wig simulating short natural hair with a curl at the neck. Caricature of Dr Kneller by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean hand-coloured etching, published December 1819, 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 Merton College, Oxford' (Samuel Kilner)

Samuel Kilner (1732-1815), Fellow of Merton College, Oxford

Samuel Kilner (1732-1815), Fellow of Merton till 1815, Sub-warden in 1814. He appears younger than his age. A tall slim man( Samuel Kilner ) stands in profile to the left., wearing a long gown over lay dress and holding out a round hat. He is sharp-featured, and wears (?) a wig simulating short natural hair with a curl at the neck. Caricature of Dr Kneller by and published by Richard Dighton, reissued by Thomas McLean hand-coloured etching, published December 1819, Engraving with added hand-colour. Printed on watermarked laid paper. Name of subjects inscribed in contemporary script on bottom of image £80 inc framed




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