A Rare Edition of Hand-Colored Nineteenth Century British CaricaturesRichard Dighton. Characters at the West End of Town. London: Thomas M'Lean, 1825.
First edition. Folio. Unpaginated bound portfolio of thirty-seven hand-colored etchings by Dighton, as well as the frontispiece, "The Dandy Club."
Early half morocco over marbled boards. Leather title label to front board. Gilt lettering to spine. Hinges cracked but holding firm. Minor damp-staining to rear end sheets, not affecting plates. Off-setting from the prints to facing tissue guards. Moderate foxing. Some damage to paper covering of rear board. Very good condition.
A very rare collection of satiric full-page portraits of contemporary London notables. Though not so successful as his father, Robert Dighton (also known for his satirical caricatures), Richard Dighton created several series in the vein of Characters at the West End of Town, such as his A London Nuisance. His work has been favorably compared to contemporaries such as Thomas Rowlandson and George Cruikshank.
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