Mrs Bomford

Richard Dighton


Dressed all in black with a fur boa and two gold seals hanging on a ribbon, this portrait shows Maria Bomford of Co. Meath, wife of Robert and mother of Susan who apparently eloped with a Rev. Martin in 1826. Inscribed reverse ‘Mrs Bomford / mother of Susan Martin’.

Partly clipped pencil signature bottom right – ‘Richd Dighton / ?? Place / Cheltenham’. Light spotting and dust-soiling; oval shadow from an old mount and old gum marks on each corner.

The Dighton family produced several artists over three generations. Like his father Robert, Richard Dighton (1796-1880) specialised in full-length watercolour profiles of city personalities, actors, politicians, bankers and aristocrats. The sitters of his portraits were predominantly men and provide an excellent record of the changing fashions of the time. He initially lived and worked in London but in 1828, by then a married man with a growing family, Richard Dighton moved to Cheltenham where he was guaranteed a good clientele from visitors to this popular spa town. The Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum hold a good collection of his watercolour portraits.

From a collection of unframed artwork offered for a limited period at a keen price. No trade discount is available and postage will be additional at cost.

Item Ref. 2162

Size: 245 x 204mm (9⅝ x 8")