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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Whistler Edge
Robert Genn
Acrylic (11x14 in) 2013
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The Yarmouth Light
Charles Comfort
oil on panel (10x12 in) 1930
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Black Tusk
Frederick Varley
charcoal on paper (11.5x13.5 in) circa 1928
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Sans titre
Marcelle Ferron
oil on canvas (57.5x44.75 in) 1963
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Heavy Snowfall on Balsam Avenue (Looking the other Way)
William Kurelek
mixed media (19.75x18.25 in) 1972
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Double Key Head 9/10
Sorel Etrog
Bronze (8x7x3.5 in) 1969
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La Malbaie
Albert Robinson
oil on panel (11.25x13 in) 1926
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Late Afternoon Sky, Ontario Farm
Alfred Joseph Casson
oil (9.25x11 in) 1945
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Canopy of Elms
Vojtech Matousek
Oil on Panel (12x48 in) 2012
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Sunday Drive
Maud Lewis
Oil on Board (9x11.87 in) circa 1956
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