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Bust - Sir John Charles Robinson
  • Sir John Charles Robinson
    Marochetti, Carlo Baron
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Sir John Charles Robinson

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    England (made)

  • Date:

    1864-1865 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Marochetti, Carlo Baron (Baron ), born 1805 - died 1867 (sculptor)

  • Materials and Techniques:


  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This bust representing Sir John Charles Robinson (1824-1913) was made by Baron Carlo Marochetti. From the apprent age of Robinson, this bust likely dates from about 1864-5.

In 1853 Robinson was appointed the first Keeper of the Museum of Ornamental Art at Marlborough House, a predecessor of the South Kensington, later Victoria and Albert Museum. Robinson was a friend of Marochetti from the late 1850s and they were also founding members of the Collector's or Fine Arts Club.

Baron Carlo Marochetti (1805-1867) was born in Turin. He initially studied in Paris, where he was resident, intermittently returning to Italy between 1822 and 1827. Following the 1848 Revolution, Marochetti settled in England, where he produced a number of public monuments and became a favourite of Royalty, producing the effigies of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert for Frogmore, Windsor.

Physical description

Bronze bust of Sir John Charles Robinson.

Place of Origin

England (made)


1864-1865 (made)


Marochetti, Carlo Baron (Baron ), born 1805 - died 1867 (sculptor)

Materials and Techniques



Height: 38.5 cm

Object history note

Given by the family of Sir John Charles Robinson in 1929.

Descriptive line

Bust, bronze, of Sir John Charles Robinson, by Baron Carlo Marochetti, Italian, made in England, about 1864-5

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Bilbey, Diane and Trusted Marjorie. British Sculpture 1470 to 2000. A Concise Catalogue of the Collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum. London, 2002, p. 335. cat. no. 506
Baker, M. ‘Spain and South Kensington. John harles Robinson and the Collecting of Spanish Sculpture in the 1860s’. In: V&A Album, III, 1984, fig. 2, p. 341
Williamson, Paul (ed), European Sculpture at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, Victoria & Albert Museum, 1996, p. 11 and fig. 1
Maclagan, Eric and Longhurst, Margaret H. Catalogue of Italian Sculpture. Text. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1932, p. xiii, p. xiii plate
Trusted, Marjorie. Spanish Sculpture. Catalogue of the Post-Medieval Spanish Sculpture in Wood, Terracotta, Alabaster, Marble, Stone, Lead and Jet in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1996, p. 4, fig. 2



Subjects depicted

Men; Busts; Curators


Sculpture; Portraits


Sculpture Collection

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