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John Forbes Robertson, 1822-1903

Nationality: British
Date of Birth: 1822
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Date of Death: 1903
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John Forbes Robertson was an art critic and journalist. He was the son of the Aberdeen actor, writer and portrait painter Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson (1853-1937).


Robertson was the art editor of Pictorial World. He also acted as editor of Art, Pictorial and Industrial, and was a contributor to the Art Journal, Magazine of Art and other journals. In the mid-1870s his name was included in a list by JW, that may have been a guest list for the private view of JW's Pall Mall exhibition of 1874 or a subscription list for JW's Venice etchings, as proposed in 1876 [#12714]. In 1887 his name was included in JW's guest list for the winter exhibition of the Royal Society of British Artists [#13403].


The Annual Register 1937, pp. 448-49; Doughty, Oswald, and John Robert Wahl, The Letters of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, 4 vols, Oxford, 1965-67; Johnson, J., and A. Gruetzner, Dictionary of British Artists 1880-1940, Woodbridge, 1980.