This bronze memorial relief plaque was unveiled in 1974 by Harold Wilson M.P.
Franta Belsky (1921-2000) was born in Czechoslovakia, but came with his family to England in 1938 to escape the German occupation, and began his studies at art college in London, returning as a teacher after the war. His work includes bronze busts of several members of the royal family, a larger-than-lifesize statue of Lord Mountbatten in Horseguards Parade, and a monument in Prague to the Czech pilots in the R.A.F.. He was a founder member of the Royal Society of Portrait Sculptors, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors.
In each of his works, he placed an empty Guinness bottle, the day’s newspaper, a sixpence, and a note stating that he was the artist.