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Robert Rattray Tatlock was born in Kelvin, Glasgow on the 25th January 1889 to Hannah Tatlock (née Butterworth) and John Tatlock, a chemical merchant and scientific instrument manufacturer. He was educated at the Glasgow Academy and Royal Technical College (now the University of Strathclyde), and from 1910 to 1913 attended evening classes in drawing and painting at The Glasgow School of Art. During the First World War Tatlock undertook non-combative relief work in France and Russia with the Friends' War Victims Relief Committee, an organisation formed by the Quakers in 1870. In 1920 he was appointed editor of The Burlington Magazine, and remained in this role until 1933. Is it said that it was under his editorship that the Burlington became one of world's leading art periodicals. Tatlock wrote prolifically as an art writer, and during his time as editor he was also employed as chief art critic of the Daily Telegraph (c1924-1934). His criticism was featured regularly in several prominent cultural publications such as the Contemporary Review and the New Statesman. He died in Essex in 1954. Robert R Tatlock is listed on The Glasgow School of Art's First World War Roll of Honour.
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Sources: Scotland's People: http://www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; the Burlington Magazine Index Blog: https://burlingtonindex.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/robert-rattray-tatlock-1889-1954-scottish-editor-of-the-burlington-magazine-1920-1933-2/