Robert Baldwin Ross was a Canadian journalist, art critic and art dealer, best known for his relationship with Oscar Wilde, to whom he was a devoted friend, lover and literary executor. A grandson of the Canadian reform leader Robert Baldwin, and son of John Ross and Augusta Elizabeth Baldwin, Ross was a pivotal figure on the London literary and artistic scene from the mid-1890s to his early death, and mentored several literary figures, including Siegfried Sassoon. His open homosexuality, in a period when male homosexual acts were illegal, brought him many hardships.
|I never knew any painter worthy of the name who paid the smallest attention to what a critic says, even in conversation.|
|The law reports in newspapers contain perhaps the only real history of England that has any relation to truth.||Truth ;History|
|The Oxford manner is, alas, indefinable; I was going to say indefensible.|