Richard Dighton

A Gathering Of Substance

Richard Dighton

A Gathering Of Substance

This charming 19th-century watercolour by British artist Richard Dighton (1795-1880) depicts a gathering of significant Victorian gentlemen in profile.

Imagine, if you will, that you’re an upstanding aristocratic gent. It’s 1840 and you’re attending a rather plush event in London. It’s a veritable who’s who of substantial fellows. The Duke of Beaufort is discussing political matters with a close associate, while Sir Tatton Sykes is advising on thoroughbred racehorses.

A few days later, you receive word that the event was illustrated by the well-loved artist Richard Dighton and you’re depicted in profile. What fun! Did he capture your best side? Who has he positioned you with? The Duke? Sir Tatton?

Dighton worked, almost exclusively, within the aristocratic world. His charming and often witty portrayals capture the lighter side of life. Together with his father Robert, his rigid satirical style is considered to be a precursor to the iconic Vanity Fair images of the late 19th century.

Held within a later frame.

Medium: Watercolour
Overall size: 12½” x 16” / 32cm x 41cm
Year of creation: c. 1874
Labels & Inscriptions: Possibly monogrammed and dated on the reverse.
Provenance: Art Dealer, Surrey, England / Private collection, England.
Condition: Artwork presents well. Frame with some light wear.
Artist’s auction maximum: £2,500

Richard Dighton

Richard Dighton

Richard Dighton was an accomplished British portrait painter, etcher and caricaturist working predominantly in watercolours. His father, Robert, worked in a similar way and presumably taught him. Examples of his work can be found in numerous public collections including the Royal Collection Trust, The Met, The Wilson in Cheltenham, British Museum, and the V&A.

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