W. Graham Robertson

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John Singer Sargent, W. Graham Robertson, 1894.

Walford Graham Robertson (1866–1948) was a British painter, illustrator and author. He donated over 20 works of art to the Tate Gallery, London.[1][2][3][4]

“In the London of Beardsley and Beerbohm, Shaw and Henry James, Robertson was a promising presence in the art and theater worlds. Today the museums of England owe a debt to his taste and judgment”, according to The New York Times. He was an important collector of art, especially William Blake. He wrote plays, novels and a memoir,Time Was. He painted and illustrated books. He designed costumes for Sarah Bernhardt and Ellen Terry. He was twice portrayed by John Singer Sargent. He was sociable, and knew many notable people including Oscar Wilde and artists. He was a source of witty quotes and anecdotes. The New York Times printed a biographical article about him in 2001.[5][6]


  1. ^ "'W. Graham Robertson', John Singer Sargent". Tate.org.uk. 2015-12-10. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  2. ^ "Walford Graham Robertson - Person Extended - National Portrait Gallery". Npg.org.uk. 1948-09-04. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  3. ^ "Inventory of the W. Graham Robertson Papers". Oac.cdlib.org. 2013-07-16. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  4. ^ "Melbury Road, Holland Park, London". Notableabodes.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  5. ^ Berman, Avis (2001-09-23). "ART/ARCHITECTURE - Not Just Another Pale Victorian Aesthete". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 
  6. ^ Jason Farago. "Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends review – invention, sex and sadness | Art and design". The Guardian. Retrieved 2016-06-27. 

W. Graham Robertson at Library of Congress Authorities, with 18 catalogue records