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Franta Belsky (1921-2000), Sculptor

Sitter in 10 portraits
Artist of 5 portraits
Born in Brno, Czechoslovakia, the son of eminent economist Joseph Belsky, Franta Belsky fled with his family to England after the German invasion of Czechoslovakia. He returned to Prague after the war to find that many of his relations had perished in the Holocaust. Belsky designed a Paratroop memorial, and a medal in honour of Emil Zatopek, before fleeing to England again to escape the Communist takeover of 1948. His work includes not only traditional statues and busts, but also large-scale more abstract works.

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5068

Cecil Day-Lewis

by Franta Belsky
bronze bust, 1952
NPG 5068

5472

Queen Elizabeth II

by Franta Belsky
bronze head, 1981
NPG 5472

5966

John Piper

by Franta Belsky
bronze bust, 1987
NPG 5966