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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Space Blue
William Ronald
Acrylic on canvas (48x36 in) 1995
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Grove With Yellow Green
Robert Genn
Acrylic (11x14 in)
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Sans Titre (1958.087H)
Jean Paul Riopelle
oil on canvas (28.5x36 in) 1958
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Quebec Village
Kathleen Morris
oil on panel (12x14 in) 1930
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Spoiling the Snow Carving
William Kurelek
Oil on Panel (10x10 in) 1960
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Indian Summer - Quebec
Robert Pilot
oil on canvas (22x28 in) 1959
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Ship in the Harbour
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (11.5x13.5 in) circa 1958
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House on the Corner
Vojtech Matousek
Oil on Panel (24x24 in) 2012
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Husky Dog
Leo Mol
Porcelain (3.25x5.5x3.5 in) 1960
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Fawn
Leo Mol
Ceramic (7x5x2.5 in) 1959
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