John Robson Wanted for Purchase or Consignment

(c.1830 - c.1900)

Little is known about John Robson until the late 1860s when he succeeded his uncle as Chief Giatlins, a Raven lineage chief in Skidegate. At the same time he inherited Grizzly Bear's Mouth House, one of the most splendid buildings in the village. Robson was a noted carver of totem poles from the late 1860s until the custom of raising large poles ceased around 1885. He also produced many house models and works in argillite.

Robson married Qwa'Kuna, the widowed mother of Charles Edenshaw. He taught his stepson many carving skills and worked on a number of poles with him, which explains the points of similarity in their styles.

One fine example of the artistic collaboration between Charles Edenshaw and John Robson is an elaborately carved memorial pole in front of ‘House Upon Which Storm Clouds Make a Noise’ in Skidegate. The top figure of a Whale is similar to the one on Chief Skidegate's interior pole. John Robson later made a model of it for John R. Swanton. The two carvers may also have worked together on a large mortuary post raised in 1879-80 by Chief Skidegate and his wife in honour of Chief Skedans.

Historical Sale Highlights

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Severn Bridge
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil on panel (9.5x11.75 in) 1926
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Trees, Algonquin Park
Lawren Harris
oil on panel (14x10.5 in) 1916
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Autumn, Wildcat Creek
Maurice Cullen
oil on panel (10.5x13.5 inch) 1925
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Hilltop
Charles Comfort
watercolour (9x10 inch) 1925
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Afternoon Shadows, Wyebridge, Ontario
Frank Johnston
oil on panel (18x22 inch) 1928
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L’Orpheline
Jean Paul Lemieux
Oil on Canvas (10x5 in) 1957
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Near Baie St. Paul, Winter
Henrietta Mabel May
oil on canvas (30.25x36.25 in) 1927
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Husky
Leo Mol
Ceramic (3.25x5.5x3.5 in) 1954
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Composition Blue
Jean Paul Riopelle
oil on canvas (38x52 in) 1954
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Ox Team in Winter #1
Maud Lewis
oil on board (12x11.5 in) circa 1958
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