Born in Dundee, Scotland on Aug. 19, 1887. Robertson studied art at the National Gallery in London before arriving in Los Angeles in 1924. He brought with him 500 finished canvases. At MGM he painted historical art for movie sets. Primarily a portraitist, he also painted marine scenes of the California coast from his yacht. He was a dog-show enthusiast and did many etchings, oils, and watercolors of various breeds of dogs. Robertson died in Los Angeles on Jan. 9, 1970. Exh: Painters & Sculptors of LA, 1924-57; Calif. Art Club, 1925; LA County Fair, 1928 (2nd prize); Pacific Southwest Expo (Long Beach), 1928; Bullocks (LA), 1929; Long Beach AA, 1929-38; Calif. State Fair, 1930; Santa Monica AA, 1930-34; Tuesday Afternoon Club (Glendal
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
Interview with the artist or his/her family; Southern California Artists
(Nancy Moure); California Arts and Architecture list, 1932; Los Angeles Times, 11-24-1935; Death record.Nearly 20,000 biographies can be found in Artists in California 1786-1940 by Edan Hughes and is available for sale ($150). For a full book description and order information please click here
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