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Archived Catalogue from:

20th and 23rd October 2009

This is Lot Number 4

Joseph Barlow Robinson: A large pair of carved sandstone heads of a horse and a bull

Estimated Price:
£2,000 - £3,000

Hammer Price:

circa 1860
each 74cm.; 29ins high

Provenance: By repute removed from the Corn Exchange, Derby and carved by Joseph Barlow Robinson (1820-1883). The Corn Exchange in Derby was built in 1860 by the Victorian architect, Benjamin Wilson.

This horse and bull heads originally formed part of the first floor balcony which was removed in 1928 during refurbishment following the building~s acquisition by the Derby Daily Telegraph. Joseph Barlow Robinson was born in South Wingfield and then apprenticed to a London mason. He worked on the Palace of Westminster before returning to Derby and setting up his own showrooms in Derwent Street from which he issued a catalogue/promotional leaflet which itemized his most prestigious jobs including the carvings on The Corn Exchange. He also worked extensively with the architect Henry Isaac Stevens (1806-1873) and carved country house and ecclesiastical commissions throughout the region.

This is Lot Number 4

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