Although born in Birmingham in 1930, evidence of John Letts' artistic legacy is concentrated in the English country of Warwickshire. Letts begun his career after studying at the Birmingham School of Art, setting up a sculpture studio in the Warwickshire village of Astley with his friend and business partner, Keith Lee. The studio was active from 1978 until the mid-1990s, during which time Letts received a number of high profile commissions. One of Letts most notable commissions included a bronze statue of writer George Eliot in Newdegate Square, Nuneaton. In 1994, a bust of Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled in the reception area of the George Eliot Hospital, which Letts created over two sittings with the monarch at the landmark Buckingham Palace. Letts' legacy has been continued by his son, Chris, and his grandson, Adam, who seek to maintain John's traditional values whilst blending contemporary elements into their sculptural pieces.