Because of his primacy in portrait sculpture, David McFall was invited to model
the heads of the most eminent people of the day. The biographies of his sitters encompass
much of the history of the mid-20th century. More details are accessible by clicking
on the photographs on the Busts and Heads page, and they include the father of the
National Health Service (Sir Gorge Godber); two Prime Ministers (Winston Churchill
and Clement Attlee); several ‘spooks’ (including Ellic Howe); music composers and
artists (including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Sir Steuart Wilson and Oda Slobodskaya);
politicians and pioneers (including Lord Brabazon of Tara, who held the first UK
pilot’s licence in addition to being a long-suffering government minister under Churchill);
eminent medical men and last but not least friends and, especially, beautiful women.
Many of these names will be unfamiliar to a 21st century audience, but there are
some fascinating stories as well as some stunning portrait sculpture. McFall’s portraits
ensure that history does not forget those who shaped the UK, and in some instances
the world, in the 20th century.