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April

  • Object:

    Watercolour

  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    c.1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dighton the elder, Robert (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ink, water and body-colour on paper

  • Museum number:

    E.36-1947

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level H, case PD, shelf 296, box A

This is one of a set of 12 allegorical representations of The Months, produced c.1785, showing women occupied indoors or in the country, and wearing costumes appropriate to each month. A set of mezzotints by Carrington Bowles was published after these watercolours c.1790. Dighton was a colourful character, well known as a caricaturist but also remembered as an actor, drawing master and printseller and, somewhat notoriously, for stealing prints from the British Museum.

Physical description

Image of a standing woman, in late 18th c. dress, facing left, outdoors and in outdoor dress (elaborate hat, parasol, gloves). Her head is inclined toward a nosegay which she holds up in her right hand. Her left hand, at her side, holds a closed parasol. The end of a balustrade, on which stands a potted polyanthus, can be seen to the left of the image. In the background is a landscape of parkland, with trees on the horizon line. The palette is mainly blues, greens and browns.

Place of Origin

England (painted)

Date

c.1785 (made)

Artist/maker

Dighton the elder, Robert (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink, water and body-colour on paper

Dimensions

Height: 32.4 cm average, Width: 24.8 cm average

Descriptive line

Robert Dighton: April. From The Months. c.1785.

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum, Department of Engraving, Illustration and Design & Department of Paintings, Accessions 1947, London: HMSO, 1950.

Production Note

One of a set of 12 allegorical representations of The Months.

Materials

Pen and ink and watercolour; Body colour

Techniques

Watercolour

Subjects depicted

Woman

Categories

Clothing; Day wear; Drawings; Fashion; Fashion plates; Hats & headwear; Illustration; Personal accessories; Accessories

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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