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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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Franta Belsky, by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd - NPG x182377

Franta Belsky

by P.A. Reuter Photos Ltd
bromide press print, December 1955
NPG x182377

Franta Belsky, by Fox Photos Ltd - NPG x184203

Franta Belsky

by Fox Photos Ltd
bromide press print, circa 1957
NPG x184203

Franta Belsky, by Central Press - NPG x184206

Franta Belsky

by Central Press
bromide press print, November 1963
NPG x184206

Franta Belsky; Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones, by Fox Photos Ltd - NPG x184205

Franta Belsky; Thomas Bayliss Huxley-Jones

by Fox Photos Ltd
bromide press print, 29 April 1964
NPG x184205

Franta Belsky, by Press Association Photos - NPG x184201

Franta Belsky

by Press Association Photos
bromide press print, 23 September 1970
NPG x184201

Franta Belsky, by Don Honeyman, for  Press Association Photos - NPG x184202

Franta Belsky

by Don Honeyman, for Press Association Photos
bromide press print, 23 September 1970
NPG x184202

Franta Belsky, by Van Hallan Press Agency - NPG x184230

Franta Belsky

by Van Hallan Press Agency
bromide press print, 30 April 1970
NPG x184230

Franta Belsky, by Central Press - NPG x184200

Franta Belsky

by Central Press
bromide press print, 21 January 1971
NPG x184200

Franta Belsky, by Press Association Photos - NPG x184229

Franta Belsky

by Press Association Photos
bromide press print, 21 January 1971
NPG x184229

Franta Belsky with his bust of Queen Elizabeth II, by Don Honeyman, for  The Times - NPG x14715

Franta Belsky with his bust of Queen Elizabeth II

by Don Honeyman, for The Times
resin print, 1981
NPG x14715

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Anna eden

01 September 2018, 20:02

Franta is buried at Sutton Courtney Church in Oxfordshire.