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Olivia Robertson's Auction Sketch
for Facing Africa


Note added September 27, 2010: Today we heard from Anna, that the art auction raised a total of 10,000 for Facing Africa. Thanks to all who participated and who have helped to raise awareness for this charity!

From Anna's emails: "We had the auction on Saturday and it did really well. We raised 10,000 which I was very pleased about. Especially in recession."

"Thank you, I would love it if you would like to share it [the auction results] on your lists. I'm hoping to have another illustrator's auction for the same cause in a couple of years time and it would be lovely to share it with your members. With very best wishes, Anna"



Olivia's niece Anna Currey, has put together a charity auction of a wide range of artwork to benefit the children's charity "Facing Africa". From the auction site: "Facing Africa is a British charity which was founded ten years ago in close collaboration with the Dutch Noma Foundation. Every year it sends four teams of volunteer surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists to conduct life-changing operations, reconstructing children's faces and helping them return to a normal life."

Olivia has donated this original drawing from her book, St. Malachy's Court, first printed in 1946. It is a crayon sketch, 27 x 19cm:

Auction Sketch


The auction will be held on Saturday, September 25, 2010 and the link for it is below. Bids may be submitted online. Olivia's artwork is Lot Number 55, and the winning bidder will receive a copy of the book as well. (photos of outside cover at the end of this post)

Auction Link: http://www.facingafricaauction.com/

From the inside front cover of St. Malachy's Court: "The author, who is also an artist, tells the appealing and true human-interest story of life in one of the pooer districts of Dublin. Her work there was to look after the playground activities of the children - a task that gave her rich opportunity for intimate knowledge of her charges and their families. Keenly observant, she writes with charm, humor, understanding and sympathy. The appeal of the book is heightened by the author's wisdom in letting the children - and the older people - speak for themselves. Thus, the narrative sparkles with the refreshing frankness of childhood as seen in dramatic relief against the unaffected simplicity of the 'grown ups' in the district. Napper Tandy Street and its denizens come alive - a small fascinating world, quite apart from all else."

Front Cover   Back Cover

There are also works from Anna, as well as other members of Olivia's family, being auctioned as well. Many thanks to the Rt. Rev. Caroline Wise for first bringing attention to this, so all Fellowship members could be aware of this important cause. Permission to include Olivia's drawing and information about the auction obtained directly from Anna via email. Photos of Olivia's book from personal copy of the FOI Homepage Archive.


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