Person    | Male  Born 6/4/1921  Died 5/7/2000

Franta Belsky

Categories: Sculpture

Countries: Czechoslovakia

Born Czechoslovakia as Frantisek Belsky. Fled 3 times, twice to escape the Nazis and then again from the Communists. Ornamental Passions we learn that all Belsky's sculptures contain an empty Guinness bottle, the day's newspaper, a sixpence and a note stating that he was the artist.

Other works in London: the 1957 Shell fountain in front of the Shell Building on the South Bank and The Lesson in Bethnal Green.

From Radio Prague International: "He served in the Battle of France, was twice mentioned in the dispatches during the war and saw Winston Churchill at an inspection after the evacuation at Dunkirk. .. After the war, Bělský returned to Czechoslovakia and studied sculpting. However, his studies were disrupted when Bělský escaped Czechoslovakia a second time after the Communist coup d’etat in 1948, but he soon found himself learning again, this time at the Royal College of Art in London. The artist’s first major commission came at the Festival of Britain in 1951. ... Bělský became the official sculptor of the royal family, creating the busts of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as of the princes Philip, William, Andrew and the queen mother."

2023: English Radio CZ has a very informative interview with Bohumil Vostal, the author of a book about Belsky "He Portraited the Queen of England".

This section lists the memorials created by the subject on this page:
Franta Belsky

Creations i

Cunningham bust

Unveiled by Prince Philip in 1967. Inside the bust there is a ½ pint Guinness...

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Mountbatten statue

9 foot 5 inches, bronze on a plinth at the centre of a low stepped platform. ...

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Tattersall's auction yard

This sculpture 'Triga' recalls the racehorses that were bought and sold on th...

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Other Subjects

Chelsea Arts Club

Chelsea Arts Club

Started in 1890 when a group of friends began meeting informally. At least one of these friends, Whistler, was dissatisfied with the club of which he was already a member, the Arts Club. They were ...

Group, Art, Sculpture

1 memorial
William Robert Colton

William Robert Colton

Sculptor. Born Paris but came to England early and made his home in London. The only other public work in London that we know of is the 1897 Mermaid Fountain or Little Nell, in Hyde Park, just nor...

Person, Sculpture, France

1 memorial
Paul Raphael Montford

Paul Raphael Montford

Sculptor. Born in Kentish Town to father Horace. Other works in London: Battersea Town Hall (1892) and the panel on the King Charles Street bridge on Whitehall. Other websites refer to Montford's 1...

Person, Sculpture, Australia

8 memorials
Jean Robillard

Jean Robillard

Canadian sculptor.

Person, Sculpture, Canada

1 memorial