|Method||Etching with hand colouring|
|Published||Pubd by Dighton, Charg Cross. May, 1808|
|Dimensions||Image amd plate 280 x 204 mm, Sheet 360 x 225 mm|
A caricature portrait of Dr Cleaver in scholarly attire. William Cleaver (1742-1815), was the a dedicated principal of Brasenose College between 1785 and 1809, who continually lived at the college and gave it a (temporary) leadership in scholarship and discipline, according to De Quincey. He was also the Bishop of Chester in 1787, Bangor in 1800, and St. Asaph 1806. He was Lord Grenville's tutor, and was active in his election.
Robert Dighton (1752 - 1814) was an English draughtsman and printmaker. He was the son of the art dealer John Dighton , and father of the artists Robert junior, Denis and Richard. Dighton was especially well known for his satirical prints, which he initially supplied to Carington Bowles and Haines. Later plates he etched, published and sold himself. Dighton infamously stole prints from the British Museum to stock his shop in Charing Cross. When this was discovered in 1806, Dighton escaped prosecution, but was forced to lie low in Oxford until the scandal died down. While there, he produced a series of satirical portraits of academics and country gentlemen. The series was continued in Bath and Cambridge.
BM Satires 11069
Condition: Good impression with wide margins, light water stains to image area.