John Robinson (1935 – 2007) was an accomplished sculptor who carved out an international career spanning over 40 years. Highlights include being appointed the Official Sculptor for the British Olympic Committee in 1988 and being commissioned to produce busts of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother and Her Majesty the Queen. He is known for two distinctive sculpture style – figurative and abstract – and first made a name for himself with the former. Working in bronze his figures range in scale and in scope from exquisite life-size sculptures of children to monumental athletic public realm sculptures. His work also included commissioned busts of the Queen and Queen Mother.

We are delighted to be offering two John Robinson pieces capturing a rare moment of childhood, in exquisite detail and in solid bronze in our timed online Antique Furniture Auction which closes on Sunday 28th June.

They are:

Lot 83 with an estimate of £3,000.00 – £4,000.00. A 1980’s bronze Limited Edition figure modelled as girl with recorder by John Robinson, purchased from Harrods in 1988 with paperwork, on additional base with plaque, (purchase price £5200), height including base approximately 136cm.

john robinson girl with recorder

And, lot 84 with an estimate of £2,000.00 – £3,000.00. A 1980’s Limited Edition figure modelled as sleeping child by John Robinson, purchased from Harrods in 1988, with paperwork, on additional base with plaque (purchase price £4900), length approximately 100cm.

john robinson sleeping child


In his memoirs, John Robinson writes that by the mid-1970s all his figurative sculptures were being cast in real bronze and that the Harrods’s Fine Arts Gallery had become his main outlet. Self-taught, he produced over 100 figures of children, inspired by his own family and his three sons, of which one of his better-known ones is of a Girl with a Great Dane, standing at 1m high.

Working from a studio in Devon, and then in Somerset, John Robinson’s name is also associated with figures of sportspeople. His Hammer Thrower is on public view outside the Bowring Building, Tower Hill, London. This sale provides an opportunity to get your hands on your own piece of this incredible man’s work.