Prints of Sir Bobby’s portrait on sale
Sir Bobby Charlton was at the National Football Museum on Tuesday for the unveiling of a new authorised portrait painted by artist Stuart Parker in aid of Find A Better Way.
A limited edition of 850 prints, exclusively available from Find A Better Way, have now gone on sale at www.findabetterway.org.uk/portrait.
Each 18in x 13.5in (45cm x 34cm) print will be numbered, printed on high quality 285gsm rag paper, signed in pencil by both the artist and Sir Bobby, couriered in a secure tube by DHL, and will come with a certificate of authenticity from the Fine Art Trade Guild.
The total cost for each print is, including all shipping and handling charges to anywhere in the world, is £239. The flat delivery cost is made possible thanks to support from global logistics firm DHL, who have agreed to cover all shipping charges to support Find A Better Way.
The portrait itself features Sir Bobby holding his BBC Sports Personality of the Year Lifetime Achievement Award trophy, which he was awarded in 2008. Sir Bobby had been asked to bring a memento from his career to pose with.
Speaking of the choice of memento by Sir Bobby, artist Stuart Parker said, “I always ask everyone I paint to bring a favourite object with them to the sitting. When people have something of sentimental importance in their hands they keep an interested expression on their face.”
“I was really stunned when Sir Bobby walked in with his BBC Sports Personality trophy – it’s such an iconic object. He asked me, ‘Will this do?’ I said, ‘Yes, that will definitely do!”
Reacting to seeing the portrait for the first time Sir Bobby said, “”I am delighted that Stuart has painted such a wonderful portrait to raise money for Find A Better Way and I was honoured to sit for it. I would like to thank the National Football Museum for agreeing to display it and I hope the public will like it as much as I do.”
Find A Better Way CEO Lou McGrath said, “The portrait is excellent and we would like to thank Stuart Parker for this fantastic fundraising opportunity for Find A Better Way. I certainly think it has certainly captured Sir Bobby’s personality. We would also like to thank DHL for their generous support, which will significantly increase the revenue earned by the print sales.”