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  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (painted)

  • Date:

    c.1785 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Dighton the elder, Robert (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    pen and ink and watercolour drawing

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

Physical description

Woman wearing a robe anglaise and sheer apron over a contrasting petticoat, with a cap and elaborate hat on top of the cap. She is seen from the back view, leaning upon the sill of an open window. Through the window can be seen people dancing in the streets. In one hand she holds a book. In the back of the room is an open floor-to-ceiling window showing an idyllic forest path, in contrast to the street scene visible from the other window. A mantle trimmed with lace is hung beside the first window.

Place of Origin

England (painted)


c.1785 (made)


Dighton the elder, Robert (artist)

Materials and Techniques

pen and ink and watercolour drawing


Height: 32.4 cm average, Width: 24.8 cm average

Descriptive line

Robert Dighton: Watercolour drawing of a fashionably dressed lady. From a set of 12 representing The Months. c.1785. (E.33 to 41-1947)

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.

Labels and date

Robert Dighton (1752–1814)
‘May’, from the series ‘The Months’
London, about 1785
Robert Dighton, who produced both caricatures and fashion illustration, serves as an early example of the link between the two genres. He found fame with his caricatures but also produced fashion-focused illustrations, such as this watercolour from a set of allegorical representations of the months. Each month is represented by a different, fashionably dressed young woman in a well-appointed interior.
Ink, watercolour and bodycolour
Museum no. E.37-1947
Anonymous []

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; Europeana Fashion Project


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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