February 19, 2016
Night and Day, the sculpture of Mother and Child can be seen near the library in Abingdon.
It is at the intersection of Broad Street and Bury Street.
While walking in Sutton Courtney, a few years ago, I noticed the same familiar Mother and Child sculpture, surrounded by trees, and discovered that is where Franta Belsky, the Czech born sculptor, once had his studio.
Entitled The Lesson, the sculpture in Abingdon bears the inscription ‘In memory of Margaret Belsky‘ . She was a well known newspaper cartoonist in the 1960s, and the wife of the sculptor. The Lesson was one of her favourite works.
It was presented to Abingdon by Franta Belsky, in 1989, the year of his wife’s death, and is the second bronze casting.
The first was unveiled in 1959 in Bethnal Green, London. I presume the verdigris one in Sutton Courtney is a prototype. Franta Belsky died in Abingdon Hospital in July 2000.
(Thanks to an Abingdon Herald article on 21 Sept 1989 called “Sculptor’s memory in Bronze” for some of the original information, and a previous blog post here. It is well worth revisiting.)
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