Robert Dighton was an accomplished portrait painter and etcher, however he was best known as a clever social satirist. Dighton exhibited at the Free Society of Artists from 1769 until 1773. In addition, he periodically exhibited at the Royal Academy. Dighton used his subtle style to produce a great number of humorous portraits of the leading figures in English society. In awkward poses and with ruddy faces, he satirized lawyers, military officers and actors, who were seen about town. He also did a series of amusing portraits of Oxford professors and country gentlemen, which display the same subtle sense of humour typical of his caricatures.