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Nathan David FRBS (1930-2017)

Nathan David
Nathan David, FRBS (1930-2017)

A specialist in figurative sculpture, Nathan David was best known for his dancers, including an over-lifesize bronze sculpture of Margot Fonteyn.

Nathan David was born in Deptford, south-east London, one of two sons of Herbert David, a master tailor and cutter, and his milliner wife, Ada (née Lazaroff). Though he grew up with this family in Wood Green, he was evacuated many times during the Second World War. During the disruptions to his schooling, he spent many hours drawing, and developed a love of the human body in movement.

In 1946, at the age of 16, David left Glendale Grammar School, and began to work in a commercial art studio, while taking evening and weekend classes at Hornsey School of Art. Ten years later, in 1956, he took up a job in graphic design in Montreal, before moving to New York to work at the advertising agency, J Walter Thompson. Returning to London in 1959, he joined Ogilvy Mather, and also worked on The Sunday Times Magazine on a freelance basis.

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