Robert Dunkarton

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Paetus and Arria, after Benjamin West, 1773

Robert Dunkarton (1744–1811), a mezzotint engraver, was born in London in 1744. He was a pupil of Pether, and painted a few portraits, some of which, as also some portraits in crayons, were exhibited at the Royal Academy and at Spring Gardens until 1779. But his greatest success was gained as a mezzotint engraver. His plates are dated from 1770 to 1811, after which year there is no record of him. He engraved in a clear, finished style several portraits and historical subjects, of which the following are the principal:


Portrait of Thomas Arne, after Humphrey

Subjects after various masters[edit]

The Soldier's Widow, with William Ward, after William Redmore Bigg, 1800
  • Lot and his Daughters after A. de Gelder.
  • Christ and the Disciples at Emmaus; after Guercino.
  • Four subjects from the Life of Joseph; after the same.


  • Public Domain This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBryan, Michael (1886). "Dunkarton, Robert". In Graves, Robert Edmund. Bryan's Dictionary of Painters and Engravers (A–K). I (3rd ed.). London: George Bell & Sons.