A West View of Highbury Place
Coloured aquatintpublished 31 January 1787
About the artist
Robert Dodd was the son of Alexander Dodd, of whom little is known. Robert began his career in London as a landscape painter, but later turned to marine scenes. By 1772, the year he married Mary Fulton, he was living in Wapping, east London. He first showed his work at the Society of Artists in 1780 and, in 1782, began exhibiting at the Royal Academy. Many of his paintings depict battles of the French Revolutionary Wars or the American War of Independence. He also painted ship portraits and scenes of the River Thames and of London’s naval dockyards. From about 1783, he engraved and published aquatints after his own works. Towards the end of his life, Dodd lived near Commercial Street in east London. He died at about the age of 67.