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Robert Dighton (1752-1814) - 1808 Etching, A Noble Student of Oxford



A hand coloured etching of Lord George Grenville, a tall and bulky character. Drawn, etched and published by Dighton, January 1808. An example is held in the British Museum. Signed in plate. On wove.


The condition is typical for a picture of this age including some discolouration and foxing. With a small crease to the upper left corner. 2cm tear to the lower left corner.


26.8 x 17.9cm (10.6" x 7")
Sheet: 27.7 x 19.1cm (10.9" x 7.5")

Artist Biography

Robert Dighton was the son of the London printseller John Dighton. Much of Dighton's early work was issued anonymously, but by the early 1790s it became increasingly well known and he began etching and publishing under his own name. In awkward poses and with ruddy faces, Dighton's satirical caricatures included lawyers, military officers, actors and actresses who were seen about town, as well as down-at-heel types. In 1795 he brought out a Book of Heads, but soon after he devoted himself chiefly to caricature. His work is noted as being less savage than that of his contemporaries, James Gilray and George Cruikshank.

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Code pp458
Artist Robert Dighton (1752-1814)
Date 1808
Dimensions 26.8 x 17.9cm
Framed No
Medium Etching
Style Realism
Subject Portrait
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