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Graham Walford Robertson (1866-1948)

Painter and illustrator, born in London and educated at Eton. Robertson studied under the Victorian painter, Albert Moore having previously attended the South Kensington Schools. During the 1890’s he enjoyed some success as a theatre and stage designer, and also wrote fairy stories, children's verse and plays. He painted portraits of Ellen Terry and Sarah Bernhardt and in 1891 elected a member of NEAC, 1896 the RBA, 1910 the ROI and 1912 the RP. Always referred to as Graham Robertson he sometimes signed his work W. Graham Robertson. Robertson moved in important artistic circles and was friendly James Whistler, Burne-Jones Singer Sargent and others. He was also an avid collector of both Pre-Raphaelite paintings and of the work of William Blake.

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