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John Singer Sargent, W. Graham Robertson, 1894

Walford Graham Robertson (8 July 1866 – 4 September 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 Gallery ( 10 December 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  2. ^ "Walford Graham Robertson (1866–1948), Painter, illustrator, costume designer and playwright". Later Victorian Portraits Catalogue. National Portrait Gallery ( Retrieved 27 June 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ "W. Graham Robertson Papers: Finding Aid". OAC: Online Archive of California ( Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Melbury Road, Holland Park, London". Notable Abodes ( Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  5. ^ Berman, Avis (23 September 2001). "ART/ARCHITECTURE: Not Just Another Pale Victorian Aesthete". The New York Times ( Retrieved 27 June 2016. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |newspaper= (help)
  6. ^ Jason Farago (2 July 2015). "Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends review – invention, sex and sadness". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 June 2016.

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