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  • Object:


  • 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:


  • 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)


c.1785 (made)


Dighton the elder, Robert (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Ink, water and body-colour on paper


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.


Pen and ink and watercolour; Body colour



Subjects depicted



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


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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