Robert Clatworthy 1928-2015


Robert Clatworthy was born in Somerset and studied at the West of England Academy, Chelsea School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art. In the early 1950s, he became assistant to Henry Moore; in the mid-1950s, his work was described by art critic David Sylvester CBE as ‘the best thing I have seen by any English sculptor younger than Henry Moore’. Clatworthy’s early works involved expressionistic portrayals of bulls and horses; later, he moved towards more figurative work.


A noteworthy teacher, Clatworthy was head of the fine art department at the Central School of Art and Design, London, from 1971 to 1975. He was represented by the Hanover Gallery throughout the 1950s and by Waddington Gallery throughout the 1960s.


One man shows include Austin Desmond Fine Art and Basil Jacobs, while notable group exhibitions include British Sculpture in the ‘60s at the Tate Gallery, London (1965), and, seven years later, British Sculptors ‘72 at the Royal Academy, London. Clatworthy was elected Royal Academician in 1973.


Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Arts Council of Great Britain hold his work. The first full-length study of Clatworthy's work and life was published by Sansom and Company in 2012.