ROBERTS-JONES, Ivor

1913 - 1996

Ivor Roberts-Jones

Ivor Roberts-Jones was born at Oswestry, Shropshire, on 2 November 1913, son of William Roberts-Jones (1871-1938), a solicitor, and his wife Sarah Florence Ellen née Owles (1886-1916), who married at Wellington, Shropshire in 1912, Sarah died aged just 29. Ivor was educated at Oswestry School and Worksop College before studying at Goldsmiths' College School of Art, London 1932-1934, and the Royal Academy Schools 1934-1939. In 1939, Ivor was a sculptor, living at 31 St James Gardens, Kensington, London and married at Kensington, London in 1940, Monica Florence Booth (3 April 1915-2002). During the Second World War, Ivor served in the Burma Campaign after which he taught sculpture at Goldsmiths' 1946-1973. Elected an Associate at the Royal Academy on 24 April 1969, a Member on 11 December 1873 and a Senior on 1 October 1989. A sculptor best known for his sculpted heads of notable people such as Yehudi Menuhin and George Thomas, Viscount Tonypandy and in 1971 was commissioned to produce the full-length statue of Winston Churchill which now stands in Parliament Square, London. One of his most important works is a huge equestrian work completed in 1983 'The Two Kings' for Harlech Castle which illustrates a scene from Welsh mythology. He had his first solo exhibition with Beaux Arts Gallery in 1954 and carried out a notable series of commissions portraits of the famous including HRH The Prince of Wales. Ivor Roberts-Jones lived at The Bridles, Hall Lane, Shimpling in South Norfolk, where he died on 9 December 1996. One of his works 'The Borderland Farmer' stands in Oswestry town centre.

Royal Academy Exhibits
from Coppings, Cratfield, Suffolk
1982 731 Rt Hon George Thomas, M.P., Speaker of the House of Commons - bronze
1303 Seral - bronze
         1304 Gerenuk - bronze
1983 1232 Portrait plaster for bronze
1233 Shotstokovitch plaster for bronze
1237 Blind Man plaster for bronze
1984 1459 Sir Geraint Evans bronze
1464 Alex bronze
1465 Judge Bertand Richardson bronze
1985 1325 Lynx -bronze
1386 Dr Benjamin Jones, C.B.E., L.L.D. - bronze
1387 Dr Alun Oldfield, C.B.E., L.L.D. - bronze
from The Bridles, Hall Lane, Shimpling, Suffolk
1987 521 Head of a Young Girl- plaster
1101 Lord Chandos pencil & watercolour
1108 Dame Vera Stark bronze
1294 Head Study - plaster
1988 1097 Peter Canon-Brookes plaster
1113 Old Man and Boy plaster
1992 1542 William Clark bronze
1651 Gerenuk bronze




Works by This Artist