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Richard Dighton’s City Characters of 1824

January 11, 2014
by the gentle author

Fat cats in the City of London are nothing new as these elegant cartoons of Regency bankers by Richard Dighton that I discovered in the archive at the Bishopsgate Institute testify.

Images courtesy Bishopsgate Institute

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11 Responses leave one →
  1. January 11, 2014

    Fat Cats indeed. Splendid drawings. Thank you.

  2. January 11, 2014

    ~ Wonderful etchings! ~ *Colorful characters, all.*

    I love the way the artist uses his line and his hatching in the ebb and flow of the drapery folds.

  3. January 11, 2014

    Fashion celebrated fat stomachs back then!

  4. Greg Tingey permalink
    January 11, 2014

    I though “obesity” was modern fashionable disease!

  5. January 11, 2014

    Some very impressive fellows from the past!

    ACHIM 😉

  6. Deborah Fyrth permalink
    January 11, 2014

    In today’s City, the stomachs may have shrunk but the faces (and egos) remain the same.

  7. Neville Turner permalink
    January 11, 2014

    Great prints of past banker’s and city share dealer’s, money lender’s etc maybe some present day city trader’s will recognise their ancestor in this collection,very well dressed lot they are and very well healed nothing has changed much really.

  8. Chris Mills permalink
    January 12, 2014

    It is good to know that some things dont change.

  9. Stephen Barker permalink
    January 13, 2014

    As for fatness, in the past it was a sign of being wealthy and being able to afford to eat well. Nowadays it is seen as a sign of poverty and eating badly. The rich and famous work to remain slim. Being obese is beginning to be seen as a weakness of character and lack of discipline and control.

  10. Itziko permalink
    January 15, 2014

    The tailoring! What impresses me the most about these marvelous drawings, fat bellies or not, is the immaculate cut and construction of those jackets and breetches. Beau Brummell left a legacy.

  11. Mark C. permalink
    January 30, 2014

    Mercy! Before I lost 40 pounds this past year, I was starting to LOOK like some of these gentlemen! (grins) Regards!

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