Inventory of the W. Graham Robertson Papers

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Inventory of the W. Graham Robertson Papers

The Huntington Library



San Marino, California

Contact Information

  • Manuscripts Department
  • The Huntington Library
  • 1151 Oxford Road
  • San Marino, California 91108
  • Phone: (626) 405-2203
  • Fax: (626) 449-5720
  • Email: lgarcia@huntington.org
  • URL: http://www.huntington.org/huntingtonlibrary.aspx?id=554
Processed by:
Jean F. Preston
Date Completed:
Feb. 1976
© 2000 The Huntington Library. All rights reserved.

Descriptive Summary

Title: W. Graham Robertson Papers
Creator: Robertson, W. Graham
Extent: 17 boxes
Repository: The Huntington Library
San Marino, California 91108
Language: English.

Administrative Information

Access

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Publication Rights

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], W. Graham Robertson Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Biography

Graham Robertson (1866-1948) was a wealthy English gentleman, well-known in art and theatrical circles of the 1880's and 90's as a rising artist. A bachelor, he lived with his mother till her death in 1907, and thenceforth as a country gentleman. His great charm, his quiet humor, and his ready sympathy with the actors, artists and collectors he admired, gave him numerous friendships. Among his correspondents were artists such as Burne-Jones and Whistler, playwrights such as Pinero, James Barrie and Terence Rattigan, actors and actresses such as Ellen Terry and Sarah Bernhardt in the old days, the Lunts and Laurence Oliviers later on, and collectors such as Mrs. (White) Emerson of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Although he painted and wrote surprisingly little after 1914, he maintained extensive correspondence with numerous literary or stage personalities during his long retirement, and many of them made the journey to Sandhills, his Surrey home, for the pleasure of a few hours of talk and companionship with him. As a collector he was best-known for the number and quality of his Blake water-colors, many of which he gave to the Tate Gallery on the outbreak of World War II in 1939, and the rest were widely dispersed to public and private collections after his death in 1948. He had no relatives or heirs; to his long-time friend and executor, Kerrison Preston, fell the task of distributing his books, pictures and estate among various charitable causes. Among these was set up the William Blake Trust, founded with Graham Robertson money, to publish the now well-known Trianon Press facsimiles of Blake's illuminated books.
Graham Robertson's reminiscences, Time Was 1931 (American title: Life was worth living) give a very good idea of his charm and his many friendships. See also Letters from Graham Robertson, edited by Kerrison Preston, 1953, with a biographical introduction; The Blake Collection of Graham Robertson, 1952, edited by Kerrison Preston.

Note

The main collection is fully catalogued, with cards in the alphabetical and collection parts of the Manuscripts Catalogue; Addenda I and II have correspondence catalogued in groups rather than individually, with cards for each correspondent.

Container List

 

Volumes

Box 1

Notebooks and sketchbooks.

 

WR 1-6.

Box 2

List of his work as an artist, 1889-1904, 1904-1915, 1915-1938.

Physical Description: (3 vols.)
 

Lady Alix Egerton: Poems, 1906-1930.

 

Alfred Sutro - 2 plays.

 

WR 7-11.

Box 3

Addenda I.

 

4 sketchbooks.

 

Articles from Art periodicals about Graham Robertson the artist.

 

WR 684-688.

 

Letters

Box  4-15

Correspondence A-Z. (Individually catalogued).

 

WR 12-683.

Box 16

Addenda I and II.

 

Correspondence (grouped) and 3 photographs.

 

WR 689-706.

Box 17

Graham Robertson letters to Kerrison Preston, 1908-1948. (Mostly published in Letters from Graham Robertson).

Physical Description: (c. 840 letters)
 

WR 707.

Correspondence

 

Correspondents in Boxes 4-15

 

Achurch, Janet

 

Agate, James Evershed

 

Ainley, Henry

 

Allen, Beatrice Ellen

 

Allingham, William

 

Allingham, Helen (Paterson)

 

Angeli, Helen (Rossetti)

 

Armstrong, Thomas

 

Armstrong, William

 

Arnim, Elizabeth

 

Ashwell, Lena

 

Atkins, Bertha

 

Bagger, Esther Dean

 

Balfour, Lady Mary Edith

 

Bancroft, Marie Effie (Wilton), Lady

 

Bancroft, Sir Squire

 

Baring, Hon. Laurice

 

Barrie, Sir James Matthew

 

Bate, Rev. Herbert

 

Bastien-Lepage, Jules

 

Bax, Clifford

 

Beerbohm, Sir Max

 

Bellerby, Rev. Alfred

 

Bernhardt, Sarah

 

Blackmore, Richard Doddridge

 

Blackwood, Algernon

 

Blunt, Arthur

 

Bourchier, Arthur

 

Bourchier, Violet (Vanbrugh)

 

Bridie, James, pseud, see Mavor Osborne Henry

 

Bottomley, Gordon

 

Burne-Jones, Sir Edward Coley

 

Campbell, Mrs. Patrick

 

Coates, Austin

 

Cody, William Frederick

 

Colefax, Sibyl

 

Coward, Sir Noel Pierce

 

Craig, Edith

 

Craig, Edward Gordon

 

Crane, Walter

 

Davies, Hubert Henry

 

Davis, Fay

 

De La Pasture, Edmée Elizabeth Monica

 

Dent, Alan

 

Dickens, Charles, Jr.

 

Drew, John

 

Drinkwater, John

 

Du Maurier, Sir Gerald

 

Egerton, Lady Alix

 

Ellis, C. F. Corbould

 

Farren, Nellie

 

Forbes-Robertson, Ian

 

Forbes-Robertson, Sir Johnston

 

Fuller, Loie

 

German, Sir Edward

 

Gibbs, Sir Philip Hamilton

 

Gielgud, Sir John

 

Gilbert, Sir William Schwenck

 

Gorell, Ronald Gorell Barnes, 3rd baron

 

Granville-Barker, Harley Granville

 

Granville-Barker, Lillah (McCarthy)

 

Grey, Sylvia

 

Grossmith, Weedon

 

Halsey, Jean M.

 

Hamilton, Hamish

 

Hamilton, Jean (Forbes-Robertson)

 

Helleu, Paul C. F.

 

Hichens, Robert Smythe

 

Holland, Henry Thurstan, 1st viscount Knutsford

 

Holland, Lionel Raleigh

 

Hunt, Violet

 

Irving, Sir Henry

 

Isaacs, Rufus Daniel, 1st marquess of Reading

 

James, Henry

 

Jeffreys, Ellis

 

Jekyll, Lady Agnes

 

Kendall, Dame Margaret

 

Kerr, Frederick

 

Keynes, Sir Geoffrey Langdon

 

Knatchbull-Hugesson, Edward Hugesson, 1st Baron Brabourne

 

Lavery, Sir John

 

Letts, Winifred M.

 

Lewis, Kate (Terry)

 

Lowndes, Marie Adelaide (Belloc)

 

Lunt, Alfred

 

Lunt, Lynne (Fontanne)

 

MacCarthy, Sir Desmond

 

Mackail, Denis George

 

McKinnel, Norman

 

Maeterlinck, Georgette

 

Maeterlinck, Maurice

 

Martin, Sir Alec

 

Matthay, Jessie

 

Mavor, Osborne Henry

 

Melville, Arthur

 

Menpes, Mortimer

 

Meynell, Alice Christina (Thompson)

 

Milton, Ernest

 

Milton, Naomi (Royde-Smith)

 

Millward, Jessie

 

Montesquiou Fezensac, Comte Robert de

 

Moore, Albert Joseph

 

Morris, Jane (Burden)

 

Morris, May

 

Moses, Montrose Jonas

 

Murray, A. Hallam

 

Nasmyth, James

 

Newton, Alfred Edward

 

Neilson-Terry, Julia

 

Norton, George Frederic

 

Norton, Emily

 

Olivier, Sir Laurence

 

Olivier, Vivian (Leigh), Lady

 

Owen, Will

 

Palmer, Lady Margaret

 

Parker, Eric

 

Partridge, Sir Bernard

 

Pater, Walter Horatio

 

Pearson, Hesketh

 

Phelps, William Lyon

 

Pinero, Sir Arthur Wing

 

Playfair, Sir Nigel

 

Pleydell-Bouverie, Douglas

 

Pleydell-Bouverie, Dorothy

 

Pollock, Sir Adrian

 

Poynter, Sir Edward John

 

Poynter, Sir Hugh

 

Preston, Ivor Kerrison

 

Pryde, James

 

Rattigan, Terence

 

Redgrave, Sir Michael

 

Rehan, Ada

 

Riley, Athelstan

 

Robertson, Marion

 

Robson, Hon. Harold

 

Robson, Iris

 

Rothenstein, Sir William

 

Rothenstein, Sir John Kewstub Maurice

 

Row, Arthur William

 

Russell, Archibald George Blomefield

 

Russell, Annette (Beauchamp) Countess Russell

 

Sandys, Frederick

 

Sargent, John Singer

 

Sargent, Emily

 

Saur, Emil

 

Seyler, Athene

 

Shannon, James Jebusa

 

Sherard, Robert Harborough

 

Sherwood, Robert Emmet

 

Shipman, Louis Evan

 

Simon, Ruth

 

Snowden, James K.

 

Spielmann, Marion Harry

 

Stahl, Rose

 

Sutro, Alfred

 

Symons, Arthur

 

Taylor, Una

 

Terriss, William

 

Terry, Edward

 

Terry, Dame Ellen

 

Terry, Fred

 

Thompson, Dorothy

 

Todd, Ruthven

 

Trench, Herbert

 

Tree, Sir Herbert Beerbohm

 

Tree, Viola

 

Tweed, John

 

Walbrook, Henry Mackinnon

 

Watts-Dunton, Walter Theodore

 

Watts-Dunton, Clara Jane (Reich)

 

Whistler, James Abbot McNeill

 

White, Maude Valerie

 

Wilde, Oscar

 

Williamson, George Charles

 

Woollcott, Alexander

 

Yeats, William Butler