Thomas Edward Roberts was a painter and an engraver.
Roberts was a painter of genre, portraits and history. During the period 1850 to 1901, he exhibited frequently at the Royal Academy. His exhibits included He Loves Me - He Loves Me Not in 1851 and Basking - A Corner in the Alhambra in 1884.
In relation to JW, Roberts is mentioned several times as Secretary of the Incorporated Society of British Artists, and it was he who on 24 November 1884 asked JW to become a member (#05268). JW became the President of the Society in 1886, and in several other letters, JW mentions inviting Roberts to exhibitions including one in which JW was exhibiting his Memorial to Queen Victoria in 1887. The final letter appears to be when collectively the Royal Society of British Artists asked JW to resign, in part due to his autocratic behaviour and his instigation of radical changes (#05321).
Wood, Christopher, The Dictionary of Victorian Painters, The Antiques Club, Ltd, 1978