W. Graham Robertson
(1866-1948)

Died aged c. 82

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. “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. According to Cardiff University Professor Emeritus Peter Hunt, Robertson shared a house in London with the author Kenneth Grahame, while Grahame's wife and son lived in Berkshire.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

Brian Cooper on Flickr
Elliott Brown on Flickr

Blaydon Races "We flew across theChain Bridge reet into Blaydon toon, The bellman he was callin' there-they call him Jackey Broon." John Brown, the Blaydon bellman lived near here in Wesley Place. He died in 1901 aged 82 and is buried in Blaydon cemetery.

Left of the entrance arch at the west end of Blaydon Shopping Centre, Gateshead, United Kingdom where they was

The Graham Robertson Room In commemoration of W. Graham Robertson 1866 - 1948 Painter Poet Playwright

Red House Museum, Quay Road, Christchurch, United Kingdom where they is commemorated