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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.

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Dighton. THE GOLDEN BALL.
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Published by Dighton. May 1819.
12¼ x 7¾. Original colour with good margins.
Edward Hughes Ball Hughes stands in profile forefinger extended. He is dressed as a Dandy. Ball Hughes (originally Ball), was known as The Golden Ball. He was a social celebrity who inherited a fortune from his uncle, Admiral Hughes.
B. M. 13352.

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Dighton. A VIEW OF A LAKE.
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Drawn and etched by Richard Dighton. May 1818. Published by T. McLean. Haymarket.
10¾ x 7¾. Original colour with good margins.
Not in B. M.
£60.

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Dighton. A View of Norfolk.
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Published February 1st 1796 by R. Dighton, No. 12 Charing Cross.
8¼ x 9¾. Original colour, trimmed within the plate mark but outside the border on laid paper with a watermark of 1808. Written in ink above the image, in an early hand, is, “Charles 11th Duke of Norfolk”. “Died 1815”.
B. M. 8866.

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R. Dighton. A Discharg’d Fife=r.
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Published by T. McLean, Haymarket. April 25th 1821. 
7 x 12. Original colour with large margins
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.
B. M. 14264.

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Dighton. A VIEW FROM BRAZEN NOSE COLLEGE, OXFORD.
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Published by Dighton, Char. Cross, May 1808.
7¾ x 10. Original colour, trimmed onto/within the plate mark. On laid paper with old pen script next to image describing William Cleaver. 
A portrait of William Cleaver, (1742 – 1815), Principal of Brasenose College 1785 – 1809. He had also been Bishop of Chester.
B. M. 11069.

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Dighton. A View from Magdalen College, Cambridge.
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Published by Dighton. Char. Cross June 1809.
8 x 10¾. Original colour with reasonable margins. Some creases and small wormholes.
William Gretton was Master from 1797.
B. M. 11400.

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Dighton. A View from St John’s College Cambridge.
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Published May 1809, by Dighton Char. Cross.
8 x 10¾. Original colour with reasonable margins. Tear into the title, not reaching the image and some worm holes.
Dr Wood, at this time a fellow, and afterwards Master (1815 – 39). The most influential man at the University.
B. M. 11399.

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R. Dighton. Vil you give us a glass OF GIN. I’ll see you D___N’D FIRST.
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R. Dighton. Vil you give us a glass OF GIN.
I’ll see you D___N’D FIRST.

Published January 4th 1793 by R. Dighton.
5¾ x 7¾. Original colour with large margins on laid paper.
A large buxom woman looks alluringly towards a scowling man with a bunch of carrots in his arm. She is asking for a drink of Gin, which is being refused very sternly by the man. 
B. M. 8396.

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Dighton. A View near Hyde Park Corner.
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Published Feb. 1802 by Dighton. Char. Cross.
5½ x 8. Original colour on laid paper and trimmed onto/within the plate mark. “Mr Tattersall” is written in an early hand at the top.
A portrait of Edmund Tattersall in his rostrum.
B. M. 9901.

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Dighton. A Noble Duke. taken on the Steyne at Brighton.
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Published November 20th 1801 by Dighton. Char. Cross.
8¼ x 10¼. Original colour, trimmed within the plate mark, on laid paper, with slight marks. Written in ink above the image, in an early hand, is, “Augustus Henry 3rd Duke of Grafton”. “Died 1811”.
B. M. 9742.

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Dighton. A Near Guess.
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Published by T. McLean 26, Haymarket 1824. 
6¾ x 9½. Original colour, with good margins, with a watermark of 1827.
A middle-aged man stands in profile with both gloved hands resting on an umbrella, from his mouth comes the words, “Y.C. Tallow 30/-“. He is Thomas Tooke, (1774 – 1858). He was a partner in Stephen Thornton & Co. until 1826. This is a third state issue with the name Mr. Tooke inscribed on the pavement.
B. M. 14536.

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R. Dighton. THE LADY OF THE LAKE,
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Published by Dighton Spring Gardens. (c.1810?).
8½ x 11. Original colour and good margins.
The oar is inscribed ‘Moll Muggins Billingsgate’ and the rough looking women travesties the lines below which end with ‘Like monument of Grecian art’
B. M. 11607.

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R. Dighton. IF YOU’D KNOW WHO THIS IS, READ.
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Drawn Etched and Published by Dighton. Charing Cross. (c.1805?).
5 x 10. Original colour and large margins.
Probably a portrait of Read the Bow St. Officer.
B. M. 10454. 

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R. Dighton. MADAME CATALINI IN SEMIRAMIDE. Her first appearance in England, December 13th 1806.
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Drawn Etched & Published by Dighton 21 New Bond St. December 1806.
8¼ x 11. Original colour. Trimmed onto/within the plate mark top and bottom and small margins at the sides. Slight marks.
A portrait of the famous soprano.
B. M. 10628

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R. Dighton. A NOBLE DUKE. Taken on the Steyne at Brighton.
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Published November 1801 by Dighton Charring Cross.
8½ x 11. Original colour with large margins. Slight marks.
A portrait of the Duke of Grafton.
B. M. 9742.

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R. Dighton. AGAMEMNON A GREAT GENERAL. Taken on the Steyne at Brighton.
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8 x11. Original colour with good margins.
William Dalrymple who was colonel of the 47th Foot and Lt-General of Chelsea hospital.
B. M. 10289.

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Richard Dighton. (HON. ARTHUR UPTON).
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Drawn Etch’d & Published by Rich. Dighton. 1817.
8 x 10½. Original colour with small margins and slight marks.
A portrait of Major Arthur Percy Upton of the 1st Foot Guards, the third son of Baron Templeton.
B. M. 12911.

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R. Dighton. A VIEW FROM PETER HOUSE, CAMBRIDGE.
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Drawn, & Pub. Jan. 1810. By Dighton. 6, Char. Cross.
8 x 10¾. Original colour with large margins. A mark around but outside the plate mark caused by an old acidic mount. Slight marks.
Francis Barnes who was Master of Peterhouse from 1788 and then Knightsbridge Professor of Moral Philosophy from 1813 to 1838 but he gave no lectures. Winstanley in his 1940 book ‘Early Victorian Cambridge’ described him as “a disreputable survival of the eighteenth century.”
B. M. 11584.

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R. Dighton. GEORGE THE IIIrd aged 72 1810. Reigned 50 Years. A ROYAL JUBILEE. Taken at Windsor by R Dighton, Spring Gardens.
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Published October 25th 1810.
8 x 10½. Original colour with small margins and some staining and slight marks.
B. M. 11589.

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Dighton – A MASTER PARSON & HIS JOURNEYMAN.
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Published May 1822 by Dighton, Spring Gardens.

8¼ x 10¾. Original colour on laid paper and trimmed within plate mark. Some staining.

An obese Bishop walks with a lean subservient Parson.

B. M. 11930

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Richard Dighton – (Not titled).
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Published and drawn by Richd. Dighton, Cheltenham. Printed by G. Rowe, Cheltenham.

8¼ x 10¼. Original colour with some staining to background, and two horizontal folds.

Well-dressed city gentleman with a top hat.

Not in B. M.

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Dighton – I VONT TAKE A FARDEN LESS.
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Published by Dighton fecit, Charing Cross. c.1795 (?)

6 x 7¾. Original colour with large margins.

An obese butcher, leans back from the waist, sucking a churchwarden pipe held in his right hand. His ill-fitting wig is perched on a bald head. He wears apron and over sleeves, a steel hanging from his waist.

B. M. 8767.

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Richard Dighton – Mr. HOBHOUSE.
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Drawn etched and published by Richard Dighton 1819.

8¾ x 12. Original colour with reasonable margins, slight staining.

John Hobhouse in1820 was admitted to Parliament, as MP for Westminster. Following the Whig's rise to power, he held many offices, including Secretary at War, Chief Secretary for Ireland, and President of the Board of Control.

B. M. 13349.

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Richard Dighton – ROBERT WAITHMAN ESQr.
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Drawn etched and published by Richard Dighton, July 1818.

7¾ x 11¾. Original colour with reasonable margins, slight crinkling.

The Right Honourable Robert Waithman was a Politician who agitated against war with French Republic 1794.  He became Alderman of London 1818, Sheriff 1820, Lord Mayor 1823 and MP London 1818-20.

B. M. 13024.

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Dighton – LORD DASHALONG BENT ON DRIVING.
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Published by Dighton November 1801, Charing Cross. Above the title is Dighton Ad. Viv.m Del.t.

7 x 8¾. Original colour, trimmed onto/within the plate mark.

Portrait of Lord Sefton who was known for his fondness for driving fast, in a carriage and four, through London. He was a founder member of the ‘Four-in-Hand Club. He was MP for Droitwich -1816-1831.

B. M. 9743.

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Dighton – THE TOWNS-END.
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Drawn etched and published by Dighton, Charing Cross, December 4th 1804.

7¾ x 10¾. Original colour, trimmed onto/within the plate mark.

A portrait of John Townsend, (1760-1832), who was a Bow Street Officer.

B. M. 10293.

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Robert Dighton. John Doe & Rich.d Roe. Brothers in law.
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Published November 6th 1796 by Dighton Charring Cross.

6½ x 8¼. Original colour with reasonable margins and some background staining.

Two men, wearing patched and ragged clothes, stand together. The one with his arms folded is glaring at the other who has his hands in his pockets. The names 'John Doe' and 'Richard Roe' were used as aliases in legal cases where names were either not known, or were to be kept secret.

B. M. 8912.

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Robert Dighton. We serve a King whom we love - a God whom we adore. Pizarro.
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Published, drawn and etched by Dighton Charring Cross. June 1799.

6½ x 8½. Original colour, trimmed to image some creasing to lower right corner.

Kemble (scarcely caricatured), as Rolla (the noble Peruvian), stands with his left hand pointing upwards, his right arm thrown back, his head in profile to the right. He wears quasi-classical dress, with barbarian adornments, feathered headdress, heavy gold belt, and ornaments.

B. M. 9436.

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