[W. GRAHAM ROBERTSON]
DOUBLE-EXPOSURE PORTRAIT OF W. GRAHAM ROBERTSON
Cabinet card photograph by Arthur Nicholls Studio, London (label on verso)
5 5/8 x 4 in.; 14.3 x 10.1 cm
Elaborately carved contemporary wooden frame.
Condition as described in catalogue entry.
In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.
"Graham Robertson twice over (Trick photographs from 2 negatives" (inscription in ink on verso of photograph).
W. Graham Robertson (1866–1948) is perhaps best-known today as the pale, elongated aesthete in John Singer Sargent's elegant full-length portrait of 1894. Robertson was, however, a remarkable renaissance man of the late Victorian era. He was a painter, illustrator, writer, and art collector (most notably of the works of William Blake). He designed costumes for Sarah Bernhardt, Ellen Terry, and other lights of the London stage. He was something of a social butterfly and knew a great many people in literary, theatrical, and artistic circles in the London of his time. Oscar Wilde, Aubrey Beardsley, George Bernard Shaw, and Henry James were all counted among his friends.